What is another word for circumstantial?

Pronunciation: [sˈɜːkəmstˌanʃə͡l] (IPA)

Circumstantial basically means something that is related to the circumstance or situation at hand. Some synonyms for circumstantial include incidental, coincidental, conjectural, contingent, dependent, extrinsic, and secondary. When you use the word circumstantial in a sentence, the context usually provides a clue as to which synonyms to choose. For example, when discussing the evidence of a crime, you might use circumstantial evidence to describe the pieces of information that support a theory without directly pointing toward guilt. Similarly, in conversations about events or situations that are dependent on other factors, circumstantial can be used to convey their tenuous or indirect nature.

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What are the opposite words for circumstantial?

Circumstantial refers to evidence that relies on inference rather than direct observation or knowledge. Some antonyms for circumstantial are certain, conclusive, definitive, direct, explicit, factual, positive, and undeniable. These words indicate that the evidence is indisputable, and there is no room for uncertainty or doubt. Another set of antonyms is primary, original, fundamental, and essential. These words suggest that the evidence comes from the most reliable and trustworthy sources, such as first-hand accounts or essential documents. By using these antonyms, we can convey the notion that the evidence is valid, trustworthy, and conclusive, thus creating a stronger argument.

Usage examples for Circumstantial

But I think that fact can be established by circumstantial evidence, as well as any other fact in the case, and I shall so charge the jury.
"The Eye of Dread"
Payne Erskine
For if there is any force in circumstantial evidence it is certain that Holbein not only wrote, but read and pondered and thought for himself in these years when he doubtless had many more hours of leisure than he desired, from a financial standpoint.
Beatrice Fortescue
Still, as you say, the circumstantial evidence is strong.
William McFee

Famous quotes with Circumstantial

  • How well Shakespeare knew how to improve and exalt little circumstances, when he borrowed them from circumstantial or vulgar historians.
    Horace Walpole
  • Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.
    Henry David Thoreau
  • Some people are under the impression that all that is required to make a good fisherman is the ability to tell lies easily and without blushing; but this is a mistake. Mere bald fabrication is useless; the veriest tyro can manage that. It is in the circumstantial detail, the embellishing touches of probability, the general air of scrupulous -- almost of pedantic -- veracity, that the experienced angler is seen.
    Jerome K. Jerome
  • Acknowledgement, and celebration, of mystery probably constitutes the most consistent theme of my poetry from its very beginnings.Poems present their testimony as circumstantial evidences, not as closing argument.I would say that the imagination, which synergizes intellect, emotion and instinct, is the perceptive organ through which it is possible, though not inevitable, to experience God.
    Denise Levertov
  • I am of course aware that there were other influences on Scott besides medieval literature and that sometimes there are alternative sources for a particular motif or detail or point of style. I cannot always pin Scott down to a medieval source to the exclusion of other possible sources. In such cases it is altogether conceivable that three or four or more literary works from different periods of literary history were on his mind at the same time. If so, I am inclined to believe that medieval romance weighed most heavily because of his utter fascination with literature of this sort during his formative years. Although he also read widely in other literature at an early age, ballads and old romances were his passion. ...I point out what Scott has borrowed and show how he has used the borrowing. When he has covered his tracks, I cannot always say which romance is involved... but the accumulation of interesting parallels provides good circumstantial evidence in support of my belief that medieval romance is the most important source for the Waverly Novels.
    Walter Scott

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