verb (used with object), cir·cum·stanced, cir·cum·stanc·ing.
- to furnish with details.
- to control or guide by circumstances.
Origin of circumstance
Synonyms for circumstance
Related Words for circumstancecase, status, accident, occurrence, fate, thing, time, detail, crisis, matter, incident, factor, action, coincidence, cause, event, fact, fortuity, affair, point
Examples from the Web for circumstance
Contemporary Examples of circumstance
Certainly my instinct is to identify with the police, no matter the circumstance.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall
December 29, 2014
The union does not under any circumstance condone violence of any kind, including against police officers.The High-Priced Union Rep Charged With Attacking a Cop
December 19, 2014
If a product is beautiful, why do you need all that pomp and circumstance?The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way
December 1, 2014
Instead, there was a high school band striking up the Elgar march “Pomp and Circumstance.”The Sexy Dream of the 747
October 26, 2014
But Paul Newman—who now, finally, is none of these people—is clearly at home with his current circumstance: as no one but himself.The Stacks: The Eyes of Winter: Paul Newman at 70
October 11, 2014
Historical Examples of circumstance
The good woman, although low in circumstance, is great in mind!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
He must get the dominion over circumstance, or circumstance must get the dominion over him.
On them it is forced from without, by sheer pressure of circumstance.
This boy had, so she would accept what the gods of time and circumstance provided.Her Father's Daughter
I afterwards fell in with Bradbury, who mentioned this circumstance to me.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Word Origin for circumstance
early 13c., "conditions surrounding and accompanying an event," from Old French circonstance "circumstance, situation," also literally, "outskirts" (13c., Modern French circonstance), from Latin circumstantia "surrounding condition," neuter plural of circumstans (genitive circumstantis), present participle of circumstare "stand around, surround, encompass, occupy, take possession of" from circum "around" (see circum-) + stare "to stand" from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). The Latin word is a loan-translation of Greek peristasis.
Meaning "a person's surroundings, environment" is from mid-14c. Meaning "a detail" is from c.1300; sense of "that which is non-essential" is from 1590s. Obsolete sense of "formality about an important event" (late 14c.) lingers in Shakespeare's phrase pomp and circumstance ("Othello" III, iii).
see extenuating circumstances; under the circumstances.