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Meaning of circumstantial

cir•cum•stan•tial

Pronunciation: (sûr"kum-stan'shul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of pertaining to, or derived from circumstances: a circumstantial result.
  2. of the nature of a circumstance; secondary; incidental: of circumstantial importance.
  3. dealing with or giving circumstances; detailed; particular: a circumstantial report of a business conference.
  4. pertaining to conditions of material welfare.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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