circumstance Definition

  • 1a fact or condition connected with or relevant to an event or action
  • 2a particular state of affairs; a situation

Using circumstance: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "circumstance" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The circumstances of his death are still unclear.

  • Example

    She was able to adapt to new circumstances quickly.

  • Example

    Given the circumstances, I think we made the right decision.

  • Example

    Under no circumstances should you reveal your password.

circumstance Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for circumstance

Antonyms for circumstance

Idioms Using circumstance

  • under no circumstances

    in no situation or condition


    Under no circumstances should you give out your personal information to strangers.

  • in good circumstances

    in a favorable situation or condition


    If everything goes well, we will be in good circumstances to negotiate a better deal.

  • in adverse circumstances

    in an unfavorable situation or condition


    Despite being in adverse circumstances, she managed to succeed against all odds.

Phrases with circumstance

  • in the circumstances

    taking into account the situation or context


    In the circumstances, I think we did the best we could.

  • change of circumstances

    a significant alteration in a person's situation or status


    The divorce brought about a change of circumstances for both parties.

  • mitigating circumstances

    factors that may reduce the severity of a punishment or offense


    The judge took into account the mitigating circumstances and reduced the sentence.

Origins of circumstance

from Latin 'circumstantia', meaning 'surrounding condition'


Summary: circumstance in Brief

The term 'circumstance' [ˈsɜːrkəmstæns] refers to a fact or condition connected with an event or action, or a particular state of affairs. It can describe situations from adapting to new circumstances to taking into account mitigating circumstances. The idiom 'under no circumstances' means in no situation or condition.

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