What does circumstance mean?

Definitions for circumstanceˈsɜr kəmˌstæns; esp. Brit. -stəns

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. circumstance(noun)

    a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity

  2. context, circumstance, setting(noun)

    the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event

    "the historical context"

  3. circumstance, condition, consideration(noun)

    information that should be kept in mind when making a decision

    "another consideration is the time it would take"

  4. circumstance(noun)

    formal ceremony about important occasions

    "pomp and circumstance"

Wiktionary

  1. circumstance(Noun)

    That which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event; an attendant thing or state of things.

  2. circumstance(Noun)

    An event; a fact; a particular incident.

  3. circumstance(Noun)

    Circumlocution; detail.

  4. circumstance(Noun)

    Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings.

  5. circumstance(Verb)

    To place in a particular situation, especially with regard to money or other resources.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Circumstance(noun)

    that which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event; an attendant thing or state of things

  2. Circumstance(noun)

    an event; a fact; a particular incident

  3. Circumstance(noun)

    circumlocution; detail

  4. Circumstance(noun)

    condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings

  5. Circumstance(verb)

    to place in a particular situation; to supply relative incidents

Freebase

  1. Circumstance

    "Circumstance" is an allegorical short story written by American author Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford as a periodical in The Atlantic Monthly in 1860. The story takes place in the woods of Maine following an unnamed protagonist who travels to return to home after caring for a sick neighbor. She ventures into the woods where she comes in contact with the Indian Devil who assaults her throughout the story but in this life/death situation she realizes her reality and religion and comes to terms with her life, sexuality and fears. By the end of the story, her husband shoots the Devil with his shotgun in one hand and their baby in the other while the 'true Indian Devils' destroy their home and town.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Circumstance

    sėr′kum-stans, n. the logical surroundings of an action: an accident or event: ceremony: detail: (pl.) the state of one's affairs.—v.t. to place in particular circumstances:—pa.p. cir′cumstanced.—adj. Circumstan′tial, consisting of details: minute.—n. Circumstantial′ity, the quality of being circumstantial: minuteness in details: a detail.—adv. Circumstan′tially.—n.pl. Circumstan′tials, incidentals: details.—v.t. Circumstan′tiate, to prove by circumstances: to describe exactly.—Circumstantial evidence, evidence which is not positive nor direct, but which is gathered inferentially from the circumstances in the case.—In good or bad circumstances, prosperous or unprosperous; In, Under the circumstances, owing to certain conditions. [L. stans, stantis, standing—stāre, to stand.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. circumstance

    1. The fresh banana-peel just around the corner. 2. _Ex-post-facto_ knowledge of a series of incidents, episodes and laws which, had we known before doing something that we should not have done anyhow, we would have done otherwise, in the same way, or not at all. 3. The Shadowy Iago that follows us up and down life's promenades. 4. Man Friday to Chance.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'circumstance' in Nouns Frequency: #403

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of circumstance in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of circumstance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William James:

    Circumstance does not make me, it reveals me.

  2. Bruce Barton:

    Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.

  3. William Hazlitt:

    We often choose a friend as we do a mistress -- for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love.

  4. Sayuri Shirai:

    By not acting, the BOJ might risk its credibility. Such a circumstance would not only render my outlook unfeasible but would also undermine the feasibility of the 2 percent target.

  5. Douglas Fierberg:

    You can have a 'Lord of the Flies' circumstance in that these young men are essentially on their own island managing themselves and doing a god-awful job of it, it does have deadly results.

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