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[ US /ˈsɝkəmˌstæns/ ]
[ UK /sˈɜːkəmstˌæns/ ]
  1. formal ceremony about important occasions
    pomp and circumstance
  2. a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
  3. the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
    the historical context
  4. information that should be kept in mind when making a decision
    another consideration is the time it would take
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How To Use circumstance In A Sentence

  • It is best to set out all the circumstances that may lead to a deduction from wages and put these in the documentation you provide to employees. Times, Sunday Times
  • Such a cynosure, at least in aspect, and something such too in nature, though with important variations made apparent as the story proceeds, was welkin-eyed Billy Budd, or Baby Budd, as more familiarly under circumstances hereafter to be given he at last came to be called, aged twenty-one, a foretopman of the British fleet toward the close of the last decade of the eighteenth century. Billy Budd
  • This would suggest that he might have returned to bed before collapsing and dying in mysterious circumstances. Times, Sunday Times
  • We don't easily imagine anymore a naive, unsophisticated 14-year-old without the resources or experience to go it alone or see a way out of current circumstances.
  • Of course what is small will inevitably vary greatly according to the circumstances and to say that a curtilage is a small area is obviously not to provide any precise test of identification.
  • Like a lacertine Vicar of Bray, he varies incontinently from buff to blue, and from blue back to orange again, under stress of circumstances. Falling in Love With Other Essays on More Exact Branches of Science
  • Beyond the point of Fetal viability it becomes illegal except in extreme circumstances.
  • His success depended on a fortuitous combination of circumstances.
  • But while the mysterious circumstances of the tragedy keep on adding up, the ghostly presence of her partner seems intent on having his say. The Sun
  • There were toast crumbs in the butter, so I’ve already come up with a dozen ways to kill you; the marmite is just another mitigating circumstance when it comes to trial. …things that niggle. « Sven’s guide to…
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