from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A condition or fact attending an event and having some bearing on it; a determining or modifying factor.
- noun The sum of determining factors beyond willful control.
- noun Financial status or means.
- noun Formal display; ceremony.
- noun A particular incident or occurrence.
- transitive verb To place in particular circumstances or conditions; situate.
- idiom (under no circumstances) In no case; never.
- idiom (under/in) Given these conditions; such being the case.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A fact related to another fact and modifying or throwing light upon its meaning, significance, importance, etc., without affecting its essential nature; something attending, appendant, or relative; something incidental; an accidental or unessential accompaniment; especially, some fact which gives rise to a certain presumption or tends to afford evidence.
- noun A particular or detail; a matter of small consequence: as, that is a mere circumstance compared to what followed.
- noun Collectively, detail; minuteness; specification of particulars.
- noun A ceremonious accompaniment; a formality required by law or custom; more specifically, in a concrete sense, adjuncts of pomp and ceremony; ceremonies; display.
- noun The surroundings, rarely of a thing, generally of a person; existing condition or state of things; facts external to a person considered as helping or, more especially, as hindering his designs, or as inducing him to act in a certain way; predicament, unforeseen or unprovided for; a person's worldly estate, or condition of wealth or poverty; fortune; means: generally in the plural.
- noun Event; occurrence; incident.
- To place in a particular situation or condition with regard to attending facts or incidents: only in the past participle: as, he was so circumstanced that he could not accept.
- To control or guide by circumstances: only in the following passage.
- To furnish or dress out with incidents and details; add circumstances to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun That which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event; an attendant thing or state of things.
- noun An event; a fact; a particular incident.
- noun obsolete Circumlocution; detail.
- noun Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings.
- noun [Colloq.] of no account.
- noun taking all things into consideration.
- transitive verb To place in a particular situation; to supply relative incidents.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun That which
attends, or relatesto, or in some way affects, a factor event; an attendant thing or stateof things.
- noun An event; a fact; a particular
- noun Circumlocution;
- noun Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of
property; situation; surroundings.
- verb To place in a particular situation, especially with regard to money or other resources.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun information that should be kept in mind when making a decision
- noun the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
- noun a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
- noun formal ceremony about important occasions
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
The Enlightenment ideal appropriate to this circumstance is the "pursuit of happiness" which has limited the government's responsibility for my own happiness since 1776.
Another circumstance is the "The Sparrow" by Mary Doria Russell, sometimes not shelved by bookstores or libraries in their SF sections; of course, the book is about first contact with aliens and travel to an alien planet, it might be Spec.
And when so detected they betrayed no recognition of their masters, for no soldier can recognize his dog — so heinous a circumstance is attempted stowaway.
The last tie, the last constraint that bound him to home and a steady, righteous life would be broken; he would go all adrift, be tossed hither and thither on every wave of circumstance -- what he called circumstance -- till Heaven only knew what a total wreck he might speedily become, or in what forlorn and far off seas his ruined life might go down.
The usual course should anyone negotiate in this kind of circumstance is to conduct any correspondence/phone calls/etc “without prejudice”.
Her heart is broken, but then a change in circumstance forces Naoki and Kotoko to be together every day …!?
No iron-clad fundraising rules exist, because each circumstance is different, says Raman Chadha, executive director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University in Chicago.
I realize that these memos were considered to be just the neo-con musings of people like Mr. Yoo and that every administration has drawn up contingency plans for every circumstance from the tragic -- such as nuclear attacks on Washington, D.C. -- to the farcical -- such as invading Canada.
In fact, here are the first seven definitions of circumstance from the OED that are not considered obsolete:
The much more usual circumstance is for people to live in multi-ethnic or multi-cultural countries.