I considered the word "circumstantial" or phrase "circumstantially true" but I feel like there's another word that better describes this.

In an example; if you step in a puddle and your feet get wet then that is the truth in your case, but it is not the case that anyone who steps in a puddle will get their feet wet.

  • Anyone wearing shoes when they step in a puddle will get said shoes wet. That’s a universal truth. Commented Jul 6, 2023 at 2:51
  • @Tinfoil Hat Unless it's a puddle of a non-wetting liquid. Or the person is barefoot. // It's easier just to edit the example. Commented Jul 8, 2023 at 14:57

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This was your experience. Merriam-Webster has:


3: something personally encountered, undergone, or lived through
4a: the conscious events that make up an individual life
4b: the events that make up the conscious past of a community or nation or humankind generally
5: the act or process of directly perceiving events or reality


It seems credence [mental acceptance as true or real] can be a potential answer.

The performance against Cincinnati adds credence to the belief before SMU’s pivotal game at Tulsa on Saturday.

Meaning and example from M-W.


It's a subjective truth or experience.

The word has lots of meanings, but the relevant ones are in Merriam-Webster

4a(1) : peculiar to a particular individual

subjective judgments

(2): modified or affected by personal views, experience, or background

a subjective account of the incident

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