Circumstance - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsɜːrkəmstæns|  American pronunciation of the word circumstance
Brit.  |ˈsɜːkəmst(ə)ns|  British pronunciation of the word circumstance
- a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
- the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event (syn: context, setting)
- information that should be kept in mind when making a decision (syn: condition, consideration)
- formal ceremony about important occasions
pomp and circumstance


I can't imagine a circumstance in which I would do that.

The circumstances of his death are suspicious.

She says that her client is a victim of circumstance and should not be blamed for the accident.

He was a victim of circumstances.

The weather is a circumstance to be taken into consideration.

The circumstances suggest murder.

Cost is a minor circumstance in this case.

The Soviet Union had been forced by circumstances to sign a pact with Nazi Germany.

I can't imagine a circumstance in which I would be willing to steal.

The rules can only be waived in exceptional circumstances.

Prisoners can only leave their cells under certain circumstances (=if particular conditions exist).

He was found dead in suspicious circumstances (=in a way that makes you think something illegal has happened).

Unless there are extenuating circumstances (=reasons which make it reasonable to break a rule), all students must be present on the day of the exam.

He was a victim of circumstance.

...the pomp and circumstance of a presidential inauguration...

Word forms

singular: circumstance
plural: circumstances
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