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Definition of "circumstantiality" [cir•cum•stan•ti•al•i•ty]

  • The quality of being fully or minutely detailed. (noun)
  • A particular detail or circumstance. (noun)

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 "circumstantiality" in a sentence
  • "The almost dreamlike film that seems to cover his paintings, softening and refining reality, is swept away in the drawings on view, which have the immediacy, the circumstantiality, of life itself."
  • "He goes on to note that Carlyle's narrative cuts rapidly "from individuals, often humble and seen only momentarily, and highly particular situations, rendered in full concrete circumstantiality, to cosmic and world-historical perspectives, with many intermediary points in between.""
  • "Mrs Chivery derived a surprising force of emphasis from the foregoing circumstantiality and repetition."