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Pronunciation: \'s[schwa]r-k[schwa]m-,stans\


1 : a fact or event that affects a situation <Illness is the only circumstance that will excuse your absence.>

2 circumstances plural

: conditions at a certain time or place <Under the circumstances, I think we did well.>

3 circumstances plural

: the way something happens <Please explain the circumstances of the accident.>

4 circumstances plural

: the conditions in which someone lives <"When the Lord puts us in certain circumstances He doesn't mean for us to imagine them away." Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables> He lives in easy circumstances.

5 : an uncontrollable event or situation <a victim of circumstance>

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Date:Jan 1, 2009
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