circumstantial

Definition of circumstantial

cir`cum`stan´tial   Pronunciation: sẽr`kŭm`stăn´shal
a.1.
1.Consisting in, or pertaining to, circumstances or particular incidents.
The usual character of human testimony is substantial truth under circumstantial variety.
- Paley.
2.Incidental; relating to, but not essential.
We must therefore distinguish between the essentials in religious worship . . . and what is merely circumstantial.
- Sharp.
3.Abounding with circumstances; detailing or exhibiting all the circumstances; minute; particular.
Tedious and circumstantial recitals.
- Prior.
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
n.1.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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