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Circumstance n. 1. a condition or attribute that accompanies, determines, or modifies a fact or event; a modifying or influencing factor. 2. Usually circumstances. the existing conditions or state of affairs surroundng and affecting an agent: Circumstances permitting, we sail on Monday. 3. an unessential accompaniment; minor detail. 4. circumstances, the condition or state of a person with respect to material welfare: a family in reduced circumstances. 5. an incident or occurrence: His arrival was a fortunate circumstance. 6. detailed or circuitous narration. 7. ceremonious accompaniment or display: pomp and circumstance. 8. under no circumstances, regardless of events or conditons: never: Under no circumstances should you see them again. 9. under the circumstances, because of the conditions; as the case stands: Under the circumstances, we are suspending operations. Also. in the circumstances. -v.t. 10. to place in particular circumstances or relations. 11. Obs. a. to furnish with details. b. to control or guide by circumstances. [ME < L circumstantia (circumstant-, s. of circumstãns, prp. of circumstãre to stand round) = circum- CIRCUM- + stã- stand + -ni- prp. suffix + -ia n. suffix]
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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