[ sur-kuhm-stan-shuhl ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈstæn ʃəl /
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relating to or derived from circumstances: a circumstantial result;circumstantial evidence.
of the nature of a circumstance or minor detail; nonessential; secondary: of circumstantial importance.
dealing with or giving circumstances; detailed; particular: a circumstantial report of a business conference.
pertaining to conditions of material welfare.
OTHER WORDS FOR circumstantial
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Origin of circumstantial
1590–1600; <Latin circumstanti(a) circumstance + -al1
OTHER WORDS FROM circumstantial
cir·cum·stan·tial·ly, adverbnon·cir·cum·stan·tial, adjectivenon·cir·cum·stan·tial·ly, adverbun·cir·cum·stan·tial, adjective
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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.Not Paul, But Jesus|Jeremy Bentham
British Dictionary definitions for circumstantial
/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈstænʃəl) /
of or dependent on circumstances
Derived forms of circumstantialcircumstantiality, nouncircumstantially, adverb
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