circumstance

[sur-kuhm-stans or, esp. British, -stuhns]
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noun

verb (used with object), cir·cum·stanced, cir·cum·stanc·ing.

to place in particular circumstances or relations: The company was favorably circumstanced by the rise in tariffs.
Obsolete.
  1. to furnish with details.
  2. to control or guide by circumstances.

Nearby words

  1. circumscription,
  2. circumsolar,
  3. circumspect,
  4. circumspection,
  5. circumspective,
  6. circumstanced,
  7. circumstances,
  8. circumstantial,
  9. circumstantial evidence,
  10. circumstantiality

Idioms

    under no circumstances, regardless of events or conditions; never: Under no circumstances should you see them again.
    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.

Origin of circumstance

1175–1225; Middle English < Latin circumstantia (circumstant-, stem of circumstāns, present participle of circumstāre to stand round), equivalent to circum- circum- + stā- stand + -nt present participle suffix + -ia noun suffix; see -ance

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British Dictionary definitions for circumstances

circumstance

noun

(usually plural) a condition of time, place, etc, that accompanies or influences an event or condition
an incident or occurrence, esp a chance one
accessory information or detail
formal display or ceremony (archaic except in the phrase pomp and circumstance)
under no circumstances or in no circumstances in no case; never
under the circumstances because of conditions; this being the case
in bad circumstances (of a person) in a bad financial situation
in good circumstances (of a person) in a good financial situation

verb (tr)

to place in a particular condition or situation
obsolete to give in detail

Word Origin for circumstance

C13: from Old French circonstance, from Latin circumstantia, from circumstāre to stand around, from circum- + stāre to stand

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Word Origin and History for circumstances
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with circumstances

circumstance

see extenuating circumstances; under the circumstances.

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