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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sur-kuh m-stan-shuh l]
    • /ˌsɜr kəmˈstæn ʃəl/
    • /ˌsɜː.kəmˈstæn.ʃəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sur-kuh m-stan-shuh l]
    • /ˌsɜr kəmˈstæn ʃəl/

Definitions of circumstantial word

  • adjective circumstantial Circumstantial evidence is evidence that makes it seem likely that something happened, but does not prove it. 3
  • adjective circumstantial Something that is circumstantial is related to a particular circumstance. 3
  • adjective circumstantial of or dependent on circumstances 3
  • adjective circumstantial fully detailed 3
  • adjective circumstantial incidental 3
  • adjective circumstantial having to do with, or depending on, circumstances 3

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Origin of circumstantial

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; < Latin circumstanti(a) circumstance + -al1

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Parts of speech for Circumstantial


circumstantial popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for circumstantial

adj circumstantial

  • indirect — not in a direct course or path; deviating from a straight line; roundabout: an indirect course in sailing.
  • inconclusive — not conclusive; not resolving fully all doubts or questions: inconclusive evidence.
  • coincidental — Something that is coincidental is the result of a coincidence and has not been deliberately arranged.
  • concomitant — Concomitant is used to describe something that happens at the same time as another thing and is connected with it.
  • concurrent — Concurrent events or situations happen at the same time.

noun circumstantial

  • point — a fraction whose denominator is some power of 10, usually indicated by a dot (decimal point or point) written before the numerator: as 0.4 = 4/10; 0.126 = 126/1000.

adjective circumstantial

  • incidental — happening or likely to happen in an unplanned or subordinate conjunction with something else.
  • inferred — to derive by reasoning; conclude or judge from premises or evidence: They inferred his displeasure from his cool tone of voice.
  • conditional — If a situation or agreement is conditional on something, it will only happen or continue if this thing happens.
  • anecdotal — Anecdotal evidence is based on individual accounts, rather than on reliable research or statistics, and so may not be valid.
  • secondary — next after the first in order, place, time, etc.

Antonyms for circumstantial

adj circumstantial

  • direct — to manage or guide by advice, helpful information, instruction, etc.: He directed the company through a difficult time.

adjective circumstantial

  • concrete — Concrete is a substance used for building which is made by mixing together cement, sand, small stones, and water.

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