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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sur-kuh m-stan-shee-eyt]
    • /ˌsɜr kəmˈstæn ʃiˌeɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sur-kuh m-stan-shee-eyt]
    • /ˌsɜr kəmˈstæn ʃiˌeɪt/

Definitions of circumstantiate word

  • verb circumstantiate to support by giving particulars 3
  • verb transitive circumstantiate to verify in every particular; give detailed proof or support of 3
  • verb with object circumstantiate to set forth or support with circumstances or particulars: Documents circumstantiated her evidence. 1
  • verb with object circumstantiate to describe fully or minutely: He circumstantiated the accident. 1
  • noun circumstantiate Set forth or support with circumstances or details. 1
  • verb circumstantiate To describe, verify or prove by setting out circumstantial evidence. 0

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Origin of circumstantiate

First appearance:

before 1640
One of the 44% oldest English words
1640-50; < Latin circumstanti(a) circumstance + -ate1

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Parts of speech for Circumstantiate


circumstantiate popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 34% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 75% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

circumstantiate usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for circumstantiate

verb circumstantiate

  • certify — If someone in an official position certifies something, they officially state that it is true.
  • uphold — to support or defend, as against opposition or criticism: He fought the duel to uphold his family's honor.
  • affirm — If you affirm that something is true or that something exists, you state firmly and publicly that it is true or exists.
  • verify — to prove the truth of, as by evidence or testimony; confirm; substantiate: Events verified his prediction.
  • substantiate — to establish by proof or competent evidence: to substantiate a charge.

Antonyms for circumstantiate

verb circumstantiate

  • contradict — If you contradict someone, you say that what they have just said is wrong, or suggest that it is wrong by saying something different.
  • deny — When you deny something, you state that it is not true.
  • invalidate — to render invalid; discredit.
  • reject — to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.
  • disprove — to prove (an assertion, claim, etc.) to be false or wrong; refute; invalidate: I disproved his claim.

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