Under the circumstances
circumstance cir"cum*stance (s[~e]r"k[u^]m*st[a^]ns), 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. [1913 Webster]

The circumstances are well known in the country where they happened. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

2. An event; a fact; a particular incident. [1913 Webster]

The sculptor had in his thoughts the conqueror weeping for new worlds, or the like circumstances in history. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. Circumlocution; detail. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

So without more circumstance at all I hold it fit that we shake hands and part. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings. [1913 Webster]

When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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