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circumstantial (adj.)

c. 1600, "attending, incidental," also "derived from circumstances," from Latin circumstantia (see circumstance) + -al (1). Related: Circumstantially. Legalese circumstantial evidence "evidence from more or less relevant circumstances bearing upon a case," as distinguished from direct testimony, is attested by 1691.

updated on December 11, 2017

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Definitions of circumstantial from WordNet

circumstantial (adj.)
fully detailed and specific about particulars;
a circumstantial report about the debate
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