circumstance

circumstance
[[t]sɜ͟ː(r)kəmstæns[/t]]
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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 circumstances...

The strategy was too dangerous in the explosive circumstances of the times...

I wish we could have met under happier circumstances.

2) N-PLURAL: with supp, oft the N of n The circumstances of an event are the way it happened or the causes of it.

I'm making inquiries about the circumstances of Mary Dean's murder...

Hundreds of people had died there in terrible circumstances during and after the revolution.

3) N-PLURAL: usu with poss Your circumstances are the conditions of your life, especially the amount of money that you have.

...help and support for the single mother, whatever her circumstances...

I wouldn't have expected to find you in such comfortable circumstances.

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4) N-UNCOUNT Events and situations which cannot be controlled are sometimes referred to as circumstance.

There are those, you know, who, by circumstance, end up homeless...

You might say that we've been victims of circumstance.

5) PHRASE: PHR with cl (emphasis) You can emphasize that something must not or will not happen by saying that it must not or will not happen under any circumstances.

Racism is wholly unacceptable under any circumstances...

She made it clear that under no circumstances would she cancel the trip.

6) PHRASE: PHR with cl You can use in the circumstances or under the circumstances before or after a statement to indicate that you have considered the conditions affecting the situation before making the statement.

Under the circumstances, a crash was unavoidable...

In the circumstances, Paisley's plans looked highly appropriate.


English dictionary. 2008.

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