circumstantiality

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circumstantiality

 [ser″kum-stan″she-al´ĭ-te]
a disturbed pattern of speech or writing characterized by delay in getting to the point because of the interpolation of unnecessary details and irrelevant remarks; seen in persons with schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorders. See also tangentiality.

cir·cum·stan·ti·al·i·ty

(ser'kŭm-stan'shē-al'i-tē),
A disturbance in the thought process, either voluntary or involuntary, in which one gives an excessive amount of detail (circumstances) that is often tangential, elaborate, and irrelevant, to avoid making a direct statement or answer to a question; observed in schizophrenia and in obsessional disorders. Compare: tangentiality.
[L. circum-sto, pr. p. -stans, to stand around]

circumstantiality

/cir·cum·stan·ti·al·i·ty/ (serk″um-stan″she-al´it-e) a disturbed pattern of speech or writing characterized by delay in getting to the point because of the interpolation of unnecessary details and irrelevant parenthetical remarks.

circumstantiality

[-stan′shē·al′itē]
Etymology: L, circum + stare, to stand
(in psychiatry) a speech pattern in which a patient has difficulty in separating relevant from irrelevant information while describing an event. The patient often includes all details and presents them in a sequential order, with the result that the main thread of thought becomes lost as one association leads to another. Frequently the person may need to have questions repeated because the main point of answers has become lost in the confusion of unnecessary detail. Compare flight of ideas.

cir·cum·stan·ti·al·i·ty

(sĭr'kŭm-stan-shē-al'i-tē)
A disturbance in the thought process in which one gives an excessive amount of detail that is often tangential, elaborate, and irrelevant, to avoid making a direct statement or answer to a question; observed in schizophrenia and in obsessional disorders.
Compare: tangentiality
[L. circum-sto, pr. p. -stans, to stand around]