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ˈsɜr kəmˌstæns; esp. Brit. -stənscir·cum·stance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. circumstancenoun

    a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity

  2. context, circumstance, settingnoun

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

    "the historical context"

  3. circumstance, condition, considerationnoun

    information that should be kept in mind when making a decision

    "another consideration is the time it would take"

  4. circumstancenoun

    formal ceremony about important occasions

    "pomp and circumstance"

Wiktionary

  1. circumstancenoun

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

  2. circumstancenoun

    An event; a fact; a particular incident.

  3. circumstancenoun

    Circumlocution; detail.

  4. circumstancenoun

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

  5. circumstanceverb

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Circumstancenoun

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

  2. Circumstancenoun

    an event; a fact; a particular incident

  3. Circumstancenoun

    circumlocution; detail

  4. Circumstancenoun

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

  5. Circumstanceverb

    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

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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

Examples of circumstance in a Sentence

  1. Josh Holmes:

    Here are these people who are just hypercritical of anything that doesn't come out of Anthony Fauci's mouth, at the same time, they're calling drugs horse tranquilizers or horse dewormers and suggesting that they can't be any helpful under any circumstance and basically practicing medicine without a license as they're typing on the computer.

  2. Joseph Simons:

    If they're maintaining separate business structures and infrastructure, it's much easier to have a divestiture in that circumstance than in where they're completely enmeshed and all the eggs are scrambled.

  3. Pinkett Smith:

    The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is Pinkett Smith, i could actually see how he would perceive it as permission because we were separated amicably and I think he also wanted to make it clear that he's also not a homewrecker. Which he's not.

  4. Bruce Barton:

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

  5. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    It's correct that we have taken precautions to protect our border. If there's any circumstance across the border that threatens Turkish security, orders to act have been given, (But) no one should have the expectation that Turkey will enter Syria tomorrow or in the near term.

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