Circumstance



circumstance
[sur-kuh m-stans or, esp. British, -stuh ns] /ˈsɜr kəmˌstæns or, esp. British, -stəns/

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noun
1.
a condition, detail, part, or attribute, with respect to time, place, manner,agent, etc., that accompanies, determines, or modifies a fact or event; a modifying or influencing factor:
Do not judge his behavior without considering every circumstance.
2.
Usually, circumstances. the existing conditions or state of affairs surrounding and affecting an agent:
Circumstances permitting, we sail on Monday.
3.
an unessential or secondary accompaniment of any fact or event; minor detail:
The author dwells on circumstances rather than essentials.
4.
circumstances, the condition or state of a person with respect to income and material welfare:
a family in reduced circumstances.
5.
an incident or occurrence:
His arrival was a fortunate circumstance.
6.
detailed or circuitous narration; specification of particulars:
The speaker expatiated with great circumstance upon his theme.
7.
Archaic. ceremonious accompaniment or display:
pomp and circumstance.
verb (used with object), circumstanced, circumstancing.
8.
to place in particular circumstances or relations:
The company was favorably circumstanced by the rise in tariffs.
9.
Obsolete.

to furnish with details.
to control or guide by circumstances.

Idioms
10.
under no circumstances, regardless of events or conditions; never:
Under no circumstances should you see them again.
11.
under the circumstances, because of the conditions; as the case stands:
Under the circumstances, there is little hope for an early settlement.
Also, in the circumstances.
circumstance
/ˈsɜːkəmstəns/
noun
1.
(usually pl) a condition of time, place, etc, that accompanies or influences an event or condition
2.
an incident or occurrence, esp a chance one
3.
accessory information or detail
4.
formal display or ceremony (archaic except in the phrase pomp and circumstance)
5.
under no circumstances, in no circumstances, in no case; never
6.
under the circumstances, because of conditions; this being the case
7.
in bad circumstances, (of a person) in a bad financial situation
8.
in good circumstances, (of a person) in a good financial situation
verb (transitive)
9.
to place in a particular condition or situation
10.
(obsolete) to give in detail
circumstance
see:

extenuating circumstances
under the circumstances

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