circumstantiality

circumstantiality

[sur-kuhm-stan-shee-al-i-tee]
noun, plural circumstantialities for 2, 3.
1.
the quality of being circumstantial; minuteness; fullness of detail.
2.
a circumstance; a detail.
3.
Psychiatry. a pattern of speech that seems to wander because of excessive detail but eventuallyreaches its goal idea.

Origin:
1725–35; circumstantial + -ity

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circumstantial (ˌsɜːkəmˈstænʃəl)
 
adj
1.  of or dependent on circumstances
2.  fully detailed
3.  incidental
 
circum'stanti'ality
 
n
 
circum'stantially
 
adv

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circumstantiality cir·cum·stan·ti·al·i·ty (sûr'kəm-stān'shē-āl'ĭ-tē)
n.
A disturbance in the thought process by detail that is often tangential and irrelevant.

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