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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.
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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]
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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]
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