A situation or condition that provides an excuse for an action, as in Although Nancy missed three crucial rehearsals, there were extenuating circumstances, so she was not dismissed. This expression was originally legal terminology, denoting circumstances that partly excuse a crime and therefore call for less punishment or damages. [c. 1600]
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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
Gender roles exceed the biological circumstances of childbirth and they are, perhaps, much less likely to change.
I wish I could be writing to you under better circumstances, but unfortunately those avenues have closed up.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This was no strange sight to the boy by that time, but it was awkward in the circumstances, for he had neither gun nor spear.
To advance in such circumstances was out of the question, he therefore set about building a miniature hut of snow.
I was four hours under these circumstances, expecting, and indeed wishing, every moment to be my last.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
It was depressing to think of going to bed in such circumstances with the yelling of an Arctic storm for a lullaby.
Never before in human experience had such a display of kindly feeling and profound regret been witnessed in similar circumstances.