Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “circumstantial”

See all translations

circumstantial

adjective uk   /ˌsɜː.kəmˈstæn.ʃəl/ us    /ˌsɝː.kəmˈ-/
containing information, especially about a crime, which makes you think something is true but does not completely prove it: circumstantial evidence The case against her was circumstantial.
Translations of “circumstantial”
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指關於犯罪)間接的,按情況推測的…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指关于犯罪)间接的,按情况推测的…
(Definition of circumstantial from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of circumstantial?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “circumstantial” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

illusion

an idea or belief that is not true

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More