- From the verb circumstance: (⇒ conjugate)
- circumstanced is: ⓘClick the infinitive to see all available inflections
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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(sûr′kəm stanst′ or, esp. Brit., -stənst),USA pronunciation v. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
- pt. and pp. of circumstance.
- being in a condition, or state, esp. with respect to income and material welfare, as specified:They were well circumstanced.
- circumstance + -ed2 1595–1605
cir•cum•stance /ˈsɜrkəmˌstæns/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Usually, circumstances. [plural] the conditions surrounding or affecting something: What were the circumstances of his death?
- circumstances, [plural] the condition or state of a person with respect to income: a family in reduced circumstances.
- [countable] an incident, occurrence, or fact: a fortunate circumstance.
- events or actions that cannot be controlled or planned;
fate:[uncountable]simply a victim of circumstance.
- ceremonious display:[uncountable]too much pomp and circumstance at the graduation.
- Idiomsunder no circumstances, never, regardless of events or conditions:Under no circumstances will you be given a second chance.
- Idiomsunder the circumstances, because of conditions that exist at the moment:Under the circumstances we can't let you register for your courses.
(sûr′kəm stans′ or, esp. Brit., -stəns),USA pronunciation n., v., -stanced, -stanc•ing. n.
- a condition, detail, part, or attribute, with respect to time, place, manner,agent, etc., that accompanies, determines, or modifies a fact or event;
a modifying or influencing factor:Do not judge his behavior without considering every circumstance.
- Usually, circumstances. the existing conditions or state of affairs surrounding and affecting an agent:Circumstances permitting, we sail on Monday.
- an unessential or secondary accompaniment of any fact or event;
minor detail:The author dwells on circumstances rather than essentials.
- circumstances, the condition or state of a person with respect to income and material welfare:a family in reduced circumstances.
- an incident or occurrence:His arrival was a fortunate circumstance.
- detailed or circuitous narration;
specification of particulars:The speaker expatiated with great circumstance upon his theme.
- [Archaic.]ceremonious accompaniment or display:pomp and circumstance.
- Idiomsunder no circumstances, regardless of events or conditions;
never:Under no circumstances should you see them again.
- Idiomsunder the circumstances, because of the conditions;
as the case stands:Under the circumstances, there is little hope for an early settlement.Also, in the circumstances.
- to place in particular circumstances or relations:The company was favorably circumstanced by the rise in tariffs.
- to furnish with details.
- to control or guide by circumstances.
- Latin circumstantia (circumstant-, stem of circumstāns, present participle of circumstāre to stand round), equivalent. to circum- circum- + stā- stand + -nt present participle suffix + -ia noun, nominal suffix; see -ance
- Middle English 1175–1225
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ritual, formality, splendor.
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circumstance /ˈsɜːkəmstəns/ n
- (usually plural) a condition of time, place, etc, that accompanies or influences an event or condition
- an incident or occurrence, esp a chance one
- accessory information or detail
- formal display or ceremony (archaic except in the phrase pomp and circumstance)
- under no circumstances, in no circumstances ⇒ in no case; never
- under the circumstances ⇒ because of conditions; this being the case
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French circonstance, from Latin circumstantia, from circumstāre to stand around, from circum- + stāre to stand
- to place in a particular condition or situation
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