Time → temporal

Space → spatial

Event → ?

Specifically, I would like a word that works in this context:

Proust was invoked by the event of smelling cookies to pen his masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. Hence his inspiration was ______ .

I am looking for that one word which would indicate it was an event-based trigger.

  • 'Eventual' is not obsolete in the sense 'of the nature of an event or result'.
    – JEL
    Sep 27 '15 at 8:51
  • Depending on context, "occurrent" might fit the bill...
    – Elian
    Sep 27 '15 at 11:00
  • I would use 'situational' Sep 27 '15 at 11:05
  • I was hesitant to use situational after looking at the definition: "a set of circumstances in which one finds oneself; a state of affairs". That meant more a state to me, as opposed to an event. You could always argue that there is a state of 'event/s occurring' of course... But yeah, hrrrrm ... oh, and I don't mean to suggest my answer(s) didn't also have their own imprecision! :) Sep 27 '15 at 11:25
  • The problem is that events are discrete, vs occurring on a continuum like time and space. Terminology that works in a continuous domain may not work in a disjointed domain.
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 6 '15 at 23:37

Depends on the what definition of 'event' you had in mind.

But try:


Perceptible by the senses or through immediate experience: the phenomenal world

Among others:





Event-driven: refers to a methodology that focuses on events and event dependencies.

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