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Meaning of CIRCUMSTANTIAL

Pronunciation:  `surkum'stanshul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  fully detailed and specific about particulars; "a circumstantial report about the debate"
 

CIRCUMSTANTIAL is a 14 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: specific
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Cir`cum*stan"tial\, a. [Cf. F. circonstanciel.]
    1. Consisting in, or pertaining to, circumstances or
       particular incidents.
    
             The usual character of human testimony is
             substantial truth under circumstantial variety.
                                                   --Paley.
    
    2. Incidental; relating to, but not essential.
    
             We must therefore distinguish between the essentials
             in religious worship . . . and what is merely
             circumstantial.                       --Sharp.
    
    3. Abounding with circumstances; detailing or exhibiting all
       the circumstances; minute; particular.
    
             Tedious and circumstantial recitals.  --Prior.
    
    {Circumstantial evidence} (Law), evidence obtained from
       circumstances, which necessarily or usually attend facts
       of a particular nature, from which arises presumption.
       According to some authorities circumstantial is
       distinguished from positive evidence in that the latter is
       the testimony of eyewitnesses to a fact or the admission
       of a party; but the prevalent opinion now is that all such
       testimony is dependent on circumstances for its support.
       All testimony is more or less circumstantial. --Wharton.
    
    Syn: See {Minute}.
    
    
  2. \Cir`cum*stan"tial\, n.
    Something incidental to the main subject, but of less
    importance; opposed to an essential; -- generally in the
    plural; as, the circumstantials of religion. --Addison.
    
    
 
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