Definitions for: Circumstance

[n] information that should be kept in mind when making a decision; "another consideration is the time it would take"
[n] formal ceremony about important occasions; "pomp and circumstance"
[n] a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
[n] the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event; "the historical context"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cir"cum*stance, n. [L. circumstantia, fr.
circumstans, -antis, p. pr. of circumstare to stand around;
circum + stare to stand. See Stand.]
1. That which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects,
a fact or event; an attendant thing or state of things.

The circumstances are well known in the country
where they happened. --W. Irving.

2. An event; a fact; a particular incident.

The sculptor had in his thoughts the conqueror
weeping for new worlds, or the like circumstances in
history. --Addison.

3. Circumlocution; detail. [Obs.]

So without more circumstance at all I hold it fit
that we shake hands and part. --Shak.

4. pl. Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of
property; situation; surroundings.

When men are easy in their circumstances, they are
naturally enemies to innovations. --Addison.

Not a circumstance, of no account. [Colloq.]

Under the circumstances, taking all things into

Syn: Event; occurrence; incident; situation; condition;
position; fact; detail; item. See Event.

Cir"cum*stance, v. t.
To place in a particular situation; to supply relative

The poet took the matters of fact as they came down to
him and circumstanced them, after his own manner.

Synonyms: condition, consideration, context

See Also: case, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, condition, environment, event, hinge, information, justification, mitigating circumstance, observance, status

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