Adjective "circumstantial" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Pointing indirectly towards someone's guilt but not conclusively proving it.
  1. 'It would be open to a jury to find that those facts are some circumstantial evidence which supports the Crown's case.'
  2. 'No, it's not just a coincidence, it is circumstantial evidence of his guilt.'
  3. 'The forensic and circumstantial evidence as to the drink she had taken may be found at paragraphs 9 and 10.'
  4. 'Intent can, of course, always be proved through circumstantial evidence.'
  5. 'The circumstantial evidence all pointed towards cold as the precursor to death, but despite this the official inquiry gave drowning as the cause of death in every case.'
  6. 'And it is clear from reading his evidence that his conclusion was firmly based on that medical and circumstantial evidence, as one would expect.'
  7. 'All of the evidence is circumstantial and requires the drawing of inferences.'
  8. 'There is other circumstantial evidence that supports the suspicious nature of his initial entrance to those premises.'
  9. 'Some States will attend sessions to defend against any circumstantial or uncorroborated evidence on their human rights situation.'
  10. 'As in national law, in international criminal law a culpable state of mind is normally proved in court by circumstantial evidence.'
(of a description) containing full details.
  1. 'Sure, I can imagine some of the circumstantial detail that would make the story sound more immediate.'
  2. 'He includes much by way of circumstantial detail without allowing his central narrative to become shapeless.'
  3. 'They do add bits of circumstantial detail, but the images are like glittery found objects glued to the surface of a sculpture.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"evidences can be circumstantial."

"cases can be circumstantial."

"accounts can be circumstantial."

"natures can be circumstantial."

"variables can be circumstantial."

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Late 16th century: from Latin circumstantia (see circumstance) + -al.