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circumstance

cir·cum·stance

circumstance

 
 
pronunciation:
suhr km staens
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
under no circumstances, under the circumstances
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an occurrence or fact associated with or having an impact on an event or situation.
What were the circumstances of his arrest?The circumstances surrounding his death are still being investigated.
synonyms:
condition, detail, incident
similar words:
business, contingency, fact, factor, happenstance, occurrence, particular, thing
definition 2: (pl.) the factors that have an impact on an event or situation and are beyond one's control.
We shouldn't judge her, because her circumstances are so different from ours.Do you think the circumstances are favorable for our campaign?
synonyms:
condition, situation
similar words:
chance, destiny, fate, lay of the land, picture, place
definition 3: a situation composed of various factors that affect one.
Let's say you saw your friend cheating on a test; what would you do in that circumstance?It was wartime and you were desperate; I would have done the same thing as you in that circumstance.
definition 4: (pl.) financial condition; means.
Most of our clients are persons in reduced circumstances.
synonyms:
finances, means, resources
similar words:
capital, fortune, lot, position, standing, substance
definition 5: the sum of factors beyond our control; fate.
It wasn't his fault; he was a victim of circumstance.
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phrase: under no circumstances
phrase: under the circumstances
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: circumstanced, circumstances, circumstancing
definition: to place in particular circumstances.
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