Definition of circumstantial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌsɜːkəmˈstænʃl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɜːrkəmˈstænʃl//
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  1. 1(law) containing information and details that strongly suggest that something is true but do not prove it circumstantial evidence The case against him was largely circumstantial.
  2. 2(formal) connected with particular circumstances Their problems were circumstantial rather than personal.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin circumstantia, (from circumstare ‘encircle, encompass’, from circum ‘around’ + stare ‘stand’) + -al.
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