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Definition of "circumstantial" []

  • Of, relating to, or dependent on circumstances. (adjective)
  • Of no primary significance; incidental. (adjective)
  • Complete and particular; full of detail: a circumstantial report about the debate. (adjective)
  • Full of ceremonial display. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "circumstantial" in a sentence
  • "The word circumstantial was bounced around harder than a cricket ball."
  • "We have nothing but what they call circumstantial evidence."
  • "BANFIELD: Yes, that's what you call circumstantial evidence."