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circumstantial

[sur-kuh m-stan-shuh l] /ˌsɜr kəmˈstæn ʃəl/
adjective
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.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin circumstanti(a) circumstance + -al1
Related forms
circumstantially, adverb
noncircumstantial, adjective
noncircumstantially, adverb
uncircumstantial, adjective
uncircumstantially, adverb
Synonyms
3. minute, thorough, exact, precise.
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British Dictionary definitions for circumstantial

circumstantial

/ˌsɜːkəmˈstænʃəl/
adjective
1.
of or dependent on circumstances
2.
fully detailed
3.
incidental
Derived Forms
circumstantiality, noun
circumstantially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for circumstantial
adj.

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

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