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CIRCUMSTANTIAL, a.

1. Attending; relating to; but not essential.

2. Consisting in or pertaining to circumstances, or to particular incidents.

3. Incidental; casual.

4. Abounding with circumstances, or exhibiting all the circumstances; minute; particular; as a circumstantial account or recital.

5. In law, circumstantial evidence is that which is obtained from circumstances, which necessarily or usually attend facts of a particular nature, from which arises presumption.

CIRCUMSTANTIAL, n. Circumstantials, in the plural, are things incident to the main subject, but of less importance; opposed to essentials; as the circumstantials of religion.




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CIRCUMSTANTIAL, a.

1. Attending; relating to; but not essential.

2. Consisting in or pertaining to circumstances, or to particular incidents.

3. Incidental; casual.

4. Abounding with circumstances, or exhibiting all the circumstances; minute; particular; as a circumstantial account or recital.

5. In law, circumstantial evidence is that which is obtained from circumstances, which necessarily or usually attend facts of a particular nature, from which arises presumption.

CIRCUMSTANTIAL, n. Circumstantials, in the plural, are things incident to the main subject, but of less importance; opposed to essentials; as the circumstantials of religion.


CIR-CUM-STAN'TIAL, a.

  1. Attending; relating to; but not essential.
  2. Consisting in or pertaining to circumstances, or to particular incidents. The usual character of human testimony is substantial truth under circumstantial variety. Paley.
  3. Incidental; casual. – Donne.
  4. Abounding with circumstances, or exhibiting all the circumstances; minute; particular; as, a circumstantial account or recital.
  5. In law, circumstantial evidence is that which is obtained from circumstances, which necessarily or usually attend facts of a particular nature, from which arises presumption. Blackstone.

CIR-CUM-STAN'TIAL, n.

Circumstantials, in the plural, are things incident to the main subject, but of less importance; opposed to essentials; as, the circumstantials of religion. Addison.


Cir`cum*stan"tial
  1. Consisting in, or pertaining to, circumstances or particular incidents.

    The usual character of human testimony is substantial truth under circumstantial variety.
    Paley.

  2. Something incidental to the main subject, but of less importance; opposed to an essential; -- generally in the plural; as, the circumstantials of religion.

    Addison.
  3. Incidental; relating to, but not essential.

    We must therefore distinguish between the essentials in religious worship . . . and what is merely circumstantial.
    Sharp.

  4. 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.

    Syn. -- See Minute.

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Circumstantial

CIRCUMSTANTIAL, adjective

1. Attending; relating to; but not essential.

2. Consisting in or pertaining to circumstances, or to particular incidents.

3. Incidental; casual.

4. Abounding with circumstances, or exhibiting all the circumstances; minute; particular; as a circumstantial account or recital.

5. In law, circumstantial evidence is that which is obtained from circumstances, which necessarily or usually attend facts of a particular nature, from which arises presumption.

CIRCUMSTANTIAL, noun Circumstantials, in the plural, are things incident to the main subject, but of less importance; opposed to essentials; as the circumstantials of religion.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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