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circumstantial

[ sur-kuhm-stan-shuhl ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈstæn ʃəl /
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adjective
of pertaining to, or derived from circumstances: a circumstantial result.
of the nature of a circumstance; secondary; incidental: of circumstantial importance.
dealing with or giving circumstances; detailed; particular: a circumstantial report of a business conference.
pertaining to conditions of material welfare.
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Origin of circumstantial

1590–1600; <Latin circumstanti(a) circumstance + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM circumstantial

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How to use circumstantial in a sentence

  • Note here two things—the narrator one of the party; the narrative so loose and uncircumstantial.

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British Dictionary definitions for circumstantial

circumstantial
/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈstænʃəl) /

adjective
of or dependent on circumstances
fully detailed
incidental

Derived forms of circumstantial

circumstantiality, nouncircumstantially, adverb
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