- having to do with, or depending on, circumstances
- not of primary importance; incidental
- full or complete in detail
- full of pomp or display; ceremonial
- An example of something circumstantial is evidence that was found at a crime scene; but, it doesn’t prove a person is guilty.
- An example of something circumstantial is a detailed hourly report of a day kept in a journal.
The definition of circumstantial is something that is less important, or something with a full account of details.
- Of, relating to, or dependent on circumstances.
- Of no primary significance; incidental.
- Complete and particular; full of detail: a circumstantial report about the debate.
- Full of ceremonial display.
(comparative more circumstantial, superlative most circumstantial)
From Latin circumstantia + -al.
- Anyone fearing repercussions from the circumstantial evidence merely has to tell their story to the DA.
- While this method will always be inconclusive, it can be handy circumstantial evidence.
- If the overwhelming circumstantial proof surrounding out of body experiences is true, it could be likely that live ghost sightings are a result of these experiences.
- All we have is a few unanswered questions and circumstantial evidence.
- Teeth of the carnivorous dinosaur scattered among the bones of the herbivorous dinosaur completed the line of circumstantial evidence.