circumstantial
adjective Date: 1600 1. belonging to, consisting in, or dependent on circumstances <
a circumstantial case
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<
circumstantial factors
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2. pertinent but not essential ; incidental 3. marked by careful attention to detail ; abounding in factual details <
a circumstantial account of the fight
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4. ceremonialcircumstantiality nouncircumstantially adverb Synonyms: circumstantial, minute, particular, detailed mean dealing with a matter fully and usually point by point. circumstantial implies fullness of detail that fixes something described in time and space <
a circumstantial account of our visit
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. minute implies close and searching attention to the smallest details <
a minute examination of a fossil
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. particular implies a precise attention to every detail <
a particular description of the scene of the crime
>
. detailed stresses abundance or completeness of detail <
a detailed analysis of the event
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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