Definition of circumstantial in English:
1(Of evidence or a legal case) pointing indirectly toward someone’s guilt but not conclusively proving it.
- 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.
2(Of a description) containing full details: the picture was circumstantial and therefore convincing
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- ‘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.
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