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[sur-kuh m-stan-shuh l]
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  1. of pertaining to, or derived from circumstances: a circumstantial result.
  2. of the nature of a circumstance; secondary; incidental: of circumstantial importance.
  3. dealing with or giving circumstances; detailed; particular: a circumstantial report of a business conference.
  4. pertaining to conditions of material welfare.
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Origin of circumstantial

1590–1600; < Latin circumstanti(a) circumstance + -al1
Related formscir·cum·stan·tial·ly, adverbnon·cir·cum·stan·tial, adjectivenon·cir·cum·stan·tial·ly, adverbun·cir·cum·stan·tial, adjectiveun·cir·cum·stan·tial·ly, adverb


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3. minute, thorough, exact, precise.
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Examples from the Web for uncircumstantial

Historical Examples

  • 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 uncircumstantial


  1. of or dependent on circumstances
  2. fully detailed
  3. incidental
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Derived Formscircumstantiality, nouncircumstantially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for uncircumstantial



c.1600, from Latin circumstantia (see circumstance) + -al (1). Related: Circumstantially. Circumstantial evidence is attested by 1691.

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