Definition of circumstance
1a : a condition, fact, or event accompanying, conditioning, or determining another : an essential or inevitable concomitant the weather is a circumstance to be taken into considerationb : a subordinate or accessory (see 2accessory 2) fact or detail cost is a minor circumstance in this casec : a piece of evidence that indicates the probability or improbability of an event (such as a crime) the circumstance of the missing weapon told against him the circumstances suggest murder
2a : the sum of essential and environmental factors (as of an event or situation) constant and rapid change in economic circumstance — G. M. Trevelyanb : state of affairs : eventuality open rebellion was a rare circumstance —often used in plural a victim of circumstancesc circumstances plural : situation with regard to wealth he was in easy circumstances rose from difficult circumstances
3 : attendant formalities and ritualistic display especially as contrasted with essential procedure pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war — William Shakespeare
4 : an event that constitutes a detail (as of a narrative or course of events) considering each circumstance in turn
Examples of circumstance in a Sentence
I can't imagine a circumstance in which I would do that.
The circumstances of his death are suspicious.
She says that her client is a victim of circumstance and should not be blamed for the accident.
He was a victim of circumstances.
Recent Examples of circumstance from the Web
Then there are other people for whom the circumstances make all the difference.
It's been unfortunate because of the circumstances, their story was hidden.
And while the main characters traverse extraordinary circumstances together, these experiences are very much the kind that any couple might face.
Under normal circumstances, the eye absorbs the gas bubble over time.
Wevill’s suicide in 1969, under circumstances similar to Plath’s (though Shura, Wevill and Hughes’s 4-year-old daughter, died too), intensified the case against him.
Wanton killing, torture, cruelty, or the working of unusual hardship on enemy prisoners or populations is not justified under any circumstance.
In three cases, officers made statements that investigators considered false about the circumstances surrounding fatal car shootings.
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Origin and Etymology of circumstance
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
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of circumstance
CIRCUMSTANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of circumstance for English Language Learners
: a condition or fact that affects a situation
circumstances : the way something happens : the specific details of an event
: an event or situation that you cannot control
CIRCUMSTANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of circumstance for Students
1 : a fact or event that affects a situation Illness is the only circumstance that will excuse your absence.
2 circumstances plural : conditions at a certain time or place Under the circumstances, I think we did well.
3 circumstances plural : the way something happens Please explain the circumstances of the accident.
4 circumstances plural : the conditions in which someone lives “When the Lord puts us in certain circumstances He doesn't mean for us to imagine them away.” — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
5 : an uncontrollable event or situation a victim of circumstance
Legal Definition of circumstance
1a : a condition, fact, or event accompanying, conditioning, or determining another must state with particularity the circumstances constituting fraud or mistake — Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 9(b) b : a piece of evidence that indicates the probability or improbability of an event a statement…offered to exculpate the accused is not admissible unless corroborating circumstances clearly indicate the trustworthiness of the statement — State v. Lopez, 764 P.2d 1111 (1988)
2 pl : situation with regard to wealth the circumstances of the parties before the divorce
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