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Wordnet 3.0


1. fully detailed and specific about particulars;
- Example: "a circumstantial report about the debate"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Circumstantial \Cir`cum*stan"tial\, n. Something incidental to the main subject, but of less importance; opposed to an essential; -- generally in the plural; as, the circumstantials of religion. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

circumstantial \cir`cum*stan"tial\ (s[~e]r`k[u^]m*st[a^]n"shal), a. [Cf. F. circonstanciel.] [1913 Webster] 1. Consisting in, or pertaining to, circumstances or particular incidents. [1913 Webster] The usual character of human testimony is substantial truth under circumstantial variety. --Paley. [1913 Webster] 2. Incidental; relating to, but not essential. [1913 Webster] We must therefore distinguish between the essentials in religious worship . . . and what is merely circumstantial. --Sharp. [1913 Webster] 3. Abounding with circumstances; detailing or exhibiting all the circumstances; minute; particular. [1913 Webster] Tedious and circumstantial recitals. --Prior. [1913 Webster] Circumstantial evidence (Law), evidence obtained from circumstances, which necessarily or usually attend facts of a particular nature, from which arises presumption. According to some authorities circumstantial is distinguished from positive evidence in that the latter is the testimony of eyewitnesses to a fact or the admission of a party; but the prevalent opinion now is that all such testimony is dependent on circumstances for its support. All testimony is more or less circumstantial. --Wharton. Syn: See Minute. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

circumstantial adj 1: fully detailed and specific about particulars; "a circumstantial report about the debate"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

124 Moby Thesaurus words for "circumstantial": absolute, accessory, accidental, accompanying, accurate, additional, adducible, admissible, ado, adscititious, adventitious, afloat, afoot, aleatory, appurtenant, ascititious, attestative, attestive, authentic, auxiliary, based on, blow-by-blow, casual, certain, chance, close, collateral, complete, conclusive, conditional, contingent, convincing, cumulative, current, damning, decisive, deduced, detailed, determinative, documentary, documented, doing, eventuating, evidential, evidentiary, ex parte, exact, explicit, extra, extraneous, eye-witness, factual, final, firsthand, fortuitous, founded on, full, going on, grounded on, happening, hearsay, implicative, implicit, implied, in hand, in the wind, incidental, incontrovertible, indicative, indirect, indisputable, inessential, inferential, inferred, interpretive, irrefutable, irresistible, itemized, material, minute, nice, nonessential, nuncupative, occasional, occurring, on, on foot, ongoing, overwhelming, particular, particularized, passing, precise, presumable, presumed, presumptive, prevailing, prevalent, probative, provisional, reliable, replete, resultant, secondary, significant, specific, strict, subsidiary, suggestive, superadded, superfluous, supervenient, supplemental, supplementary, sure, symptomatic, taking place, telling, thorough, under way, unessential, unimportant, valid, weighty