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circumstantial

Syllabification: cir·cum·stan·tial
Pronunciation: /ˌsərkəmˈstan(t)SH(ə)l
 
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Definition of circumstantial in English:

adjective

1(Of evidence or a legal case) pointing indirectly toward someone’s guilt but not conclusively proving it.
Example sentences
  • Intent can, of course, always be proved through circumstantial evidence.
  • As in national law, in international criminal law a culpable state of mind is normally proved in court by circumstantial evidence.
  • It would be open to a jury to find that those facts are some circumstantial evidence which supports the Crown's case.
Synonyms
indirect, inferred, deduced, conjectural;
inconclusive, unprovable
2(Of a description) containing full details: the picture was circumstantial and therefore convincing
More example sentences
  • As it is not properly a term of the British marine, a more circumstantial account of it might be considered foreign to our plan.
  • Her circumstantial account was accepted by thousands who had hitherto remained sceptical.
  • Sure, I can imagine some of the circumstantial detail that would make the story sound more immediate.
Synonyms
detailed, particularized, comprehensive, thorough, exhaustive;
explicit, specific

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin circumstantia (see circumstance) + -al.

Derivatives

circumstantiality

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌstanCHēˈalətē/
noun
Example sentences
  • The concept of ‘worldliness’ for Said was a profound understanding of circumstantiality and the role of what Marx refers to as ‘sensuous’ human activity in interpretation.
  • He adds that ‘A rhetorical education reminds us of the inevitable circumstantiality of all human judgment, but shows us how we can control and offset that circumstantiality.’
  • His circumstantiality sometimes has the powerful effect so often remarked in the descriptions of Defoe.

circumstantially

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘You can prove the case circumstantially,’ she said.
  • The circumstantially imposed corrections refer to the discursive move toward offering impartial, even detached, moral judgment.
  • In order to be able to convict him, they're going to be able to tie him, circumstantially or through direct evidence, to the deaths of these individuals.

Words that rhyme with circumstantial

financial, substantial

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