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1. A condition or fact attending an event and having some bearing on it; a determining or modifying factor: set out a day early because of favorable circumstances.
2. The sum of determining factors beyond willful control: a victim of circumstance.
3. circumstances Financial status or means: "Prior came of a good family, much reduced in circumstances" (George Sherburn).
4. Formal display; ceremony: the pomp and circumstance of a coronation.
5. A particular incident or occurrence: Your arrival was a fortunate circumstance.
tr.v. cir·cum·stanced, cir·cum·stanc·ing, cir·cum·stanc·esIdioms:
To place in particular circumstances or conditions; situate.
under no circumstances
In no case; never.
under/in the circumstances
Given these conditions; such being the case.
cir•cum•stanced(ˈsɜr kəmˌstænst; esp. Brit. -stənst)
being in a condition, or state, esp. with respect to income and material welfare: They were well circumstanced.