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circumstance


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Circumstance  \Cir"cum*stance\,  v.  t. 
  To  place  in  a  particular  situation;  to  supply  relative 
  incidents. 
 
  The  poet  took  the  matters  of  fact  as  they  came  down  to 
  him  and  circumstanced  them  after  his  own  manner. 
  --Addison. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Circumstance  \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 
  consideration. 
 
  Syn:  Event;  occurrence;  incident;  situation;  condition; 
  position;  fact  detail;  item.  See  {Event}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  circumstance 
  n  1:  a  condition  that  accompanies  or  influences  some  event  or 
  activity 
  2:  the  set  of  facts  or  circumstances  that  surround  a  situation 
  or  event;  "the  historical  context"  [syn:  {context}] 
  3:  information  that  should  be  kept  in  mind  when  making  a 
  decision;  "another  consideration  is  the  time  it  would 
  take"  [syn:  {condition},  {consideration}] 




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