• WordNet 3.6
    • adj circumstantial fully detailed and specific about particulars "a circumstantial report about the debate"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • circumstantial Abounding with circumstances; detailing or exhibiting all the circumstances; minute; particular. "Tedious and circumstantial recitals."
    • circumstantial Consisting in, or pertaining to, circumstances or particular incidents. "The usual character of human testimony is substantial truth under circumstantial variety."
    • circumstantial Incidental; relating to, but not essential. "We must therefore distinguish between the essentials in religious worship . . . and what is merely circumstantial ."
    • n Circumstantial Something incidental to the main subject, but of less importance; opposed to an essential; -- generally in the plural; as, the circumstantials of religion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • circumstantial Attending; incidental; casual; sustaining a minor or less important relation.
    • circumstantial Consisting in, pertaining to, or derived from circumstances or particular incidents: as, circumstantial evidence.
    • circumstantial Abounding with circumstances; exhibiting or stating all the circumstances; minute; particular; detailed: as, a circumstantial account or recital.
    • n circumstantial Something incidental and of subordinate importance; an accident or incident; a circumstance: opposed to an essential.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Circumstantial consisting of details: minute
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. circonstanciel,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. stans, stantis, standing—stāre, to stand.


In literature:

Rumours of wars perpetual and near; and one circumstantial account of an attack made by the Bause.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume I (of 2), 1866-1868" by David Livingstone
They are many and various, astonishingly circumstantial often, and vouched for by persons the reverse of credulous.
"Four Weird Tales" by Algernon Blackwood
Croppy was firm and circumstantial in laying the blame on me and the sketching umbrella.
"All on the Irish Shore" by E. Somerville and Martin Ross
Joyselle's confession had been complete and circumstantial.
"The Halo" by Bettina von Hutten
However, auntie says that 'circumstantial evidence is not positive proof,' so I will wait for further developments.
"Miss Dexie" by Stanford Eveleth
The news was circumstantial and straightforward, and was not to be doubted.
"Kate Bonnet" by Frank R. Stockton
A very circumstantial account of Smith's London labours at the book comes from America.
"Life of Adam Smith" by John Rae
This part of the law is, therefore, more formal and circumstantial.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
This second, especially in legal matters, is termed circumstantial evidence.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
Circumstantial evidence was certainly against Nathan.
"The Days of Mohammed" by Anna May Wilson
The guilt was fixed by circumstantial evidence on the unfortunate Magdalena.
"The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales" by Francis A. Durivage
And this evidence is all circumstantial.
"The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Koran relates the tale in a circumstantial way, regarding Moslems persecuted by Christians of course.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878." by Various
Now on top of that Albert Cumshaw must come with this circumstantial story of his and upset all my deductions.
"The Lost Valley" by J. M. Walsh
On the thirteenth however he returned with a circumstantial detail of all the particulars.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
That's a pay streak of circumstantial evidence or I ain't sheriff of Socorro!
"Golden Stories" by Various
It seems to me the circumstantial evidence is rather strong.
"The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont" by Robert Barr
But how damning the circumstantial evidence must be against him!
"Ruth Fielding at the War Front" by Alice B. Emerson
There is no inventor in the world so clever, so circumstantial, so exact as to detail, as the Chinaman.
"The Daffodil Mystery" by Edgar Wallace
But the earliest circumstantial notice of a company of Gypsies relates to the one that visited Paris in 1427.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866" by Various

In news:

Workers' Compensation — Intentional Tort — Circumstantial Evidence.
Anthrax Evidence Called Mostly Circumstantial .
Workers' Compensation — Intentional Tort — Circumstantial Evidence .
"Circumstantial evidence is not enough".
The evidence against Robert Dewey was circumstantial.
Ulcerative colitis has been suggested to be caused by infection and there is circumstantial evidence linking Escherichia coli with the condition.
In a sworn affidavit, Schenter, who declined to comment to the Weekly, claimed the latter, and circumstantial evidence backs him up.
Accused of first degree murder of her two year old daughter, Casey is facing a mountain of circumstantial evidence.
The circumstantial evidence all points to the Mossad, and the result is a diplomatic nightmare for the Jewish state.
But defense says case against U-M student is circumstantial.
Rockstar is being hush-hush about the launch of Grand Theft Auto 5, even as mounting circumstantial evidence points to a spring release.
"The one hold out was me, and, I was concerned about the hearsay evidence and circumstantial evidence, and I needed more time to think about it," Ron Supalo, juror, said.
A strand of hair consistent with that of David Hunt found on Riggins' sweater at the murder scene is among the circumstantial evidence "that points toward innocence ," Assistant Public Defender Ken Schaller said.
Circumstantial evidence is prompting District Court Judge Robert Hentchel to send Antonio Lewis to trial for the murder of Ivory Shaver III.
Much of it was circumstantial.

In science:

Evidence for the existence of M-theory is still only circumstantial— no complete background-independent formulation of the theory yet exists.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
However, there is important circumstantial support from numerical simulations of magnetic draping, which show that magnetic fields are amplified and more ordered in the wake of moving subhalos or bubbles (Ruszkowski et al. 2007; Asai et al. 2007; Dursi & Pfrommer 2008; O’Neill et al. 2009).
Could AGN Outbursts Transform Cool Core Clusters?
The near-IR broadband colors of 2MASS J1209−1004B are extremely blue, which provides strong circumstantial evidence that it is a physically associated late-T dwarf companion and not a background ob ject.
Discovery of a Highly Unequal-Mass Binary T Dwarf with Keck Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics: A Coevality Test of Substellar Theoretical Models and Effective Temperatures
However, the context is different and a circumstantial comparison is not straightforward.
Generic expansions of countable models
These results give a circumstantial support for cosmic censorship conjecture .
Gravitational waves from spinning black hole-neutron star binaries: dependence on black hole spins and on neutron star equations of state
There is strong circumstantial evidence in favour of the hadrons as bound states of quarks and anti-quarks.
Phenomenological aspects of new physics at high energy hadron colliders
There are cases in which there is a clear observational evidence for two widely separated SMBHs as well as some circumstantial evidence for a true SMBH binary (Komossa 2006).
Mergers of Unequal Mass Galaxies: Supermassive Black Hole Binary Evolution and Structure of Merger Remnants
The support for this general idea is provided by a host of circumstantial evidence gathered from the ’bona fide’ theories of strings and hot QCD quark-gluon plasmas.
Searching for non-Fermi liquids under holographic light
Circumstantial evidence for the latter is provided by the observed ordered distribution of baryonic mass in the luminositylinewidth diagram.
The faint end of the Tully-Fisher relation
As to the origin of the soft component there is a circumstantial evidence of the high-energy tail of an electron distribution, which radiates via synchrotron process.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
There is good circumstantial evidence, and even stronger theoretical expectation that the jet power derives from close to the black hole.
Probing the Physics of AGN: A Summary
Given the vagaries of small-number statistics, these estimates agree with each other, and with circumstantial evidence such as the estimated population of progenitor stars or the neutron-star formation rate.
Physics with Supernovae
Theoretical understanding will certainly have to play a crucial in converting the available circumstantial evidence into inescapable conclusions.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
Circumstantial evidence, however, suggests that long-lived MBHBs may be rare: no smoking-gun detections of MBHBs have been reported (with the possible exception of OJ 287; see ), although a number of AGN have time-dependent features that have been provisionally attributed to MBHBs (Komossa, this volume).
The Final Parsec Problem
In this paper, we review circumstantial evidence for starplanet interaction as revealed by the photospheric magnetic activity in some of the CoRoT planet-hosting stars, notably CoRoT-2, 4, and 6.
Searching for star-planet magnetic interaction in CoRoT observations