- The definition of circumstantial is something that is less important, or something with a full account of details.
- 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.
circumstantial definition by Webster's New World
- having to do with, or depending on, circumstances
- not of primary importance; incidental
- full or complete in detail
- full of pomp or display; ceremonial
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- circumstantially adverb
circumstantial definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- cirˌcum·stanˈtial·ly adverb