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cir·cum·stan·tial

 (sûr′kəm-stăn′shəl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or dependent on circumstances.
2. Of no primary significance; incidental.
3. Complete and particular; full of detail: a circumstantial report about the debate.
4. Full of ceremonial display.

cir′cum·stan′tial·ly adv.

circumstantial

(ˌsɜːkəmˈstænʃəl)
adj
1. of or dependent on circumstances
2. fully detailed
3. incidental
ˌcircumˈstantiˈality n
ˌcircumˈstantially adv

cir•cum•stan•tial

(ˌsɜr kəmˈstæn ʃəl)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or derived from circumstances.
2. unessential; incidental.
3. dealing with circumstances; detailed; particular.
4. pertaining to conditions of material welfare.
[1590–1600]
cir`cum•stan′tial•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.circumstantial - fully detailed and specific about particulars; "a circumstantial report about the debate"
specific - (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique; "rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident"

circumstantial

adjective
1. indirect, contingent, incidental, inferential, presumptive, conjectural, founded on circumstances He was convicted on purely circumstantial evidence.
2. detailed, particular, specific The reasons for the project collapsing were circumstantial.

circumstantial

adjective
Characterized by attention to detail:
Translations

circumstantial

[ˌsɜːkəmˈstænʃəl] ADJ [report, statement] → detallado
circumstantial evidence (Jur) → pruebas fpl circunstanciales

circumstantial

[ˌsɜːrkəmˈstænʃəl] adj [evidence] → indirect(e); [case] → fondé(e) sur des présomptions; [detail] → anecdotique

circumstantial

adj
(= detailed) report, statementausführlich, detailliert
(Jur) caseauf Indizienbeweisen beruhend; circumstantial evidenceIndizienbeweis m; the case against him is purely circumstantialsein Fall beruht allein auf Indizienbeweisen
(= secondary)nebensächlich

circumstantial

[ˌsɜːkəmˈstænʃl] adj (report, statement) → circostanziato/a, dettagliato/a
References in classic literature ?
The young man was tried and convicted of the crime; but either the circumstantial nature of the evidence, and possibly some lurking doubts in the breast of the executive, or" lastly--an argument of greater weight in a republic than it could have been under a monarchy,--the high respectability and political influence of the criminal's connections, had availed to mitigate his doom from death to perpetual imprisonment.
In the fire-side narrative of Captain Sleet, entitled A Voyage among the Icebergs, in quest of the Greenland Whale, and incidentally for the re-discovery of the Lost Icelandic Colonies of Old Greenland; in this admirable volume, all standers of mast-heads are furnished with a charmingly circumstantial account of the then recently invented crow's-nest of the Glacier, which was the name of Captain Sleet's good craft.
So, although the order was fairly given out in Haley's hearing, and carried to Aunt Chloe by at least half a dozen juvenile messengers, that dignitary only gave certain very gruff snorts, and tosses of her head, and went on with every operation in an unusually leisurely and circumstantial manner.
Often, how louder and clearer than any tongue, does dumb circumstantial evidence speak.
It was granted that this was plenty good enough circumstantial evidence.
Aunt Polly was vexed to think she had overlooked that bit of circumstantial evidence, and missed a trick.
In his lay capacity, he persisted in sitting down in the damp to such an insane extent, that when his coat was taken off to be dried at the kitchen fire, the circumstantial evidence on his trousers would have hanged him if it had been a capital offence.
Desirous of seeing how far the discretion of the good abbess would go, she began to tell a story, obscure at first, but very circumstantial afterward, about the cardinal, relating the amours of the minister with Mme.
Oh, sire," replied the minister, "we have no occasion to invent any; every day our desks are loaded with most circumstantial denunciations, coming from hosts of people who hope for some return for services which they seek to render, but cannot; they trust to fortune, and rely upon some unexpected event in some way to justify their predictions.
Michael's pear-tree, near which he always passed at nightfall: the circumstantial evidence appeared so strong that Dominicus doubted whether the autograph produced by the lawyer, or even the niece's direct testimony, ought to be equivalent.
Instead of representing them as a community of lusty savages, who are leading a merry, idle, innocent life, he enters into a very circumstantial and learned narrative of certain unaccountable superstitions and practices, about which he knows as little as the islanders themselves.
I'm lawyer enough to know that there's nothing in the world so misleading as circumstantial evidence.