circumstance

  • 1 circumstance — cir·cum·stance n 1 a: a condition, fact, or event accompanying, conditioning, or determining another the circumstance s constituting fraud or mistake shall be stated Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 9(b) b: a piece of evidence that indicates …

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  • 2 Circumstance — or circumstances can refer to: Rhetoric Circumstances (rhetoric) Legal terms Aggravating circumstance Attendant circumstance Exigent circumstance Extenuating circumstances Literature Circumstance (short story) Films Circumstance (film) Others… …

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  • 3 circumstance — cir cum*stance (s[ e]r k[u^]m*st[a^]ns), n. [L. circumstantia, fr. circumstans, antis, p. pr. of circumstare to stand around; circum + stare to stand. See {Stand}.] 1. That which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event; an …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 circumstance — (n.) early 13c., conditions surrounding and accompanying an event, from O.Fr. circonstance circumstance, situation, also literally, outskirts (Mod.Fr. circonstance), from L. circumstantia surrounding condition, neut. pl. of circumstans (gen.… …

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  • 5 circumstance — [sʉr′kəm stans΄, sʉr′kəmstəns] n. [OFr < L circumstantia, a standing around, condition < circumstare < circum, around + stare,STAND] 1. a fact or event accompanying another, either incidentally or as an essential condition or determining …

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  • 6 circumstance — ► NOUN 1) a fact or condition connected with an event or action. 2) unforeseen events outside one s control: a victim of circumstance. 3) (circumstances) one s state of financial or material welfare. ● under (or in) the circumstances Cf. ↑under… …

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  • 7 Circumstance — Cir cum*stance, v. t. To place in a particular situation; to supply relative incidents. [1913 Webster] The poet took the matters of fact as they came down to him and circumstanced them, after his own manner. Addison. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 circumstance — *occurrence, event, incident, episode Analogous words: *item, detail, particular: factor, constituent, component, *element …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 circumstance — The debate about the merits of in the circumstances and under the circumstances continued for most of the 20c. The pedantic view is that since circumstances are, etymologically speaking, around (circum) us, we must be in them and not under them;… …

    Modern English usage

  • 10 circumstance — [n] situation, condition accident, action, adjunct, affair, article, case, cause, coincidence, concern, contingency, crisis, destiny, detail, doom, element, episode, event, exigency, fact, factor, fate, feature, fortuity, go, happening,… …

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  • 11 circumstance — noun 1 (usually circumstances) facts/events that affect sth ADJECTIVE ▪ favourable/favorable ▪ The plan might work better with more favourable/favorable circumstances. ▪ adverse, difficult, dire, tra …

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  • 12 circumstance — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Latin circumstantia, from circumstant , circumstans, present participle of circumstare to stand around, from circum + stare to stand more at stand Date: 13th century 1. a. a condition, fact …

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  • 13 Circumstance — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Circumstance >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 circumstance circumstance situation phase position posture attitude place point Sgm: N 1 terms terms Sgm: N 1 regime regime Sg …

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  • 14 circumstance */*/*/ — UK [ˈsɜː(r)kəmstəns] / US [ˈsɜrkəmstəns] noun Word forms circumstance : singular circumstance plural circumstances 1) [countable, usually plural] a fact or condition that affects a situation The circumstances surrounding the child s death are… …

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  • 15 circumstance — /serr keuhm stans / or, esp. Brit., / steuhns/, n., v., circumstanced, circumstancing. n. 1. a condition, detail, part, or attribute, with respect to time, place, manner,agent, etc., that accompanies, determines, or modifies a fact or event; a… …

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  • 16 circumstance — noun 1 circumstances (plural) the conditions that affect a situation, action, event etc: The rules can only be waived in exceptional circumstances. | in suspicious circumstances (=in a way that makes you think something illegal or dishonest has… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 circumstance — cir|cum|stance W1S1 [ˈsə:kəmstæns, stəns US ˈsə:r ] n [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: Latin circumstantia, from circumstare to stand around , from circum ( CIRCUM ) + stare to stand ] 1.) [C usually plural] the conditions that affect a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 circumstance — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)kəmstæns[/t]] ♦♦♦ circumstances 1) N COUNT: usu pl, with supp The circumstances of a particular situation are the conditions which affect what happens. Recent opinion polls show that 60 percent favor abortion under certain… …

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  • 19 circumstance — /ˈsɜkəmstæns / (say serkuhmstans), / stans/ (say stahns) noun 1. a condition, with respect to time, place, manner, agent, etc., which accompanies, determines, or modifies a fact or event. 2. (usually plural) the existing condition or state of… …

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  • 20 circumstance — n. 1 a a fact, occurrence, or condition, esp. (in pl.) the time, place, manner, cause, occasion etc., or surroundings of an act or event. b (in pl.) the external conditions that affect or might affect an action. 2 (often foll. by that + clause)… …

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