verb (used with object), cir·cum·stanced, cir·cum·stanc·ing.
- to furnish with details.
- to control or guide by circumstances.
- circumstantial evidence,
Origin of circumstance
Examples from the Web for circumstances
And as he adjusted to this change in circumstances, he screamed at himself a second time: Wait!
Guilt, when dispensed in the circumstances Morris occupied, is the anti-Viagra.
The grim instability of shelter life is hardly a recipe for success under the best of circumstances.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Everything is a different situation, depending on where I find it and what the circumstances are.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project|James Joiner|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like I said, in spite of or because of my circumstances, I was able to accomplish my dreams.
Owing to circumstances, the eldest lad had to be sent to school at an early age.The Power of Womanhood, or Mothers and Sons|Ellice Hopkins
Give me leave then, dear reader, to place before you the whole of the circumstances.Three Years' War|Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
These circumstances had given extensive notoriety to her name, and drawn largely upon her the observation of both friend and foe.Horse-Shoe Robinson|John Pendleton Kennedy
Indeed, in certain quarters a prejudice against laughing under any circumstances appears to have sprung up.Europe Revised|Irvin S. Cobb
Under all the circumstances the conduct of the troops was admirable.A Virginia Village|Charles A. Stewart
Word Origin for circumstance
"condition of life, material welfare" (usually with a qualifying adjective), 1704, from 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.