force of circumstance(s)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of force of circumstance(s)

: conditions that cannot be controlled
  • Through/By force of circumstance(s), the company has had to lay off several hundred workers.

Word by Word Definitions

force play
  1. : strength or energy exerted or brought to bear : cause of motion or change : active power

  2. used with a number to indicate the strength of the wind according to the Beaufort scale

  3. : moral or mental strength

  1. : to do violence to

  2. : to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means

  3. : to make or cause especially through natural or logical necessity

circumstance play
  1. : a condition, fact, or event accompanying, conditioning, or determining another : an essential or inevitable concomitant

  2. : a subordinate or accessory (see 2accessory 2) fact or detail

  3. : a piece of evidence that indicates the probability or improbability of an event (such as a crime)

  1. : the 19th letter of the English alphabet

  2. : a graphic representation of this letter

  3. : a speech counterpart of orthographic s

  1. sulfur

  1. — compare 1-es

  1. used to form adverbs denoting usual or repeated action or state

  1. — compare 2-es


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