under certain circumstances

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of under certain circumstances

: in some special cases
  • The contract can be extended under certain circumstances.

Word by Word Definitions

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

certain play
  1. : fixed, settled

  2. : of a specific but unspecified character, quantity, or degree

  3. : dependable, reliable

  1. : certain ones

circumstance play circumstances
  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)


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