circumstance

Definitions

  • Self-possession of Fabricius, the Ambassador, under rather Trying Circumstances
    Self-possession of Fabricius, the Ambassador, under rather Trying Circumstances
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n circumstance information that should be kept in mind when making a decision "another consideration is the time it would take"
    • n circumstance formal ceremony about important occasions "pomp and circumstance"
    • n circumstance a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
    • n circumstance the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event "the historical context"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Hartford, Connecticut, you may not, under any circumstances, cross the street walking on your hands.
    • circumstance 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."
    • circumstance Circumlocution; detail. "So without more circumstance at all
      I hold it fit that we shake hands and part."
    • circumstance Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings. "When men are easy in their circumstances , they are naturally enemies to innovations."
    • circumstance 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."
    • v. t Circumstance 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n circumstance A fact related to another fact and modifying or throwing light upon its meaning, significance, importance, etc., without affecting its essential nature; something attending, appendant, or relative; something incidental; an accidental or unessential accompaniment; especially, some fact which gives rise to a certain presumption or tends to afford evidence.
    • n circumstance A particular or detail; a matter of small consequence: as, that is a mere circumstance compared to what followed.
    • n circumstance Collectively, detail; minuteness; specification of particulars.
    • n circumstance A ceremonious accompaniment; a formality required by law or custom; more specifically, in a concrete sense, adjuncts of pomp and ceremony; ceremonies; display.
    • n circumstance The surroundings, rarely of a thing, generally of a person; existing condition or state of things; facts external to a person considered as helping or, more especially, as hindering his designs, or as inducing him to act in a certain way; predicament, unforeseen or unprovided for; a person's worldly estate, or condition of wealth or poverty; fortune; means: generally in the plural.
    • n circumstance Event; occurrence; incident.
    • circumstance To place in a particular situation or condition with regard to attending facts or incidents: only in the past participle: as, he was so circumstanced that he could not accept.
    • circumstance To control or guide by circumstances: only in the following passage.
    • circumstance To furnish or dress out with incidents and details; add circumstances to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Circumstance sėr′kum-stans the logical surroundings of an action: an accident or event: ceremony: detail:
    • v.t Circumstance to place in particular circumstances:—pa.p. Cir′cumstanced
    • n Circumstance sėr′kum-stans (pl.) the state of one's affairs
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Quotations

  • Jean Paul Richter
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    “Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.”
  • Martha Washington
    Martha Washington
    “I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.”
  • Booker T. Washington
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    “Character, not circumstances, makes the man.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “You have the power to think what you want. No matter what the circumstance.”
  • James Allen
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    “Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “Men are the sport of circumstances when it seems circumstances are the sport of men.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. circumstantia, fr. circumstans, -antis, p. pr. of circumstare, to stand around; circum + stare, to stand. See Stand
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. stans, stantis, standing—stāre, to stand.

Usage

In literature:

Some farmers were in easier circumstances than their seigneurs.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
She felt that she was touched in a tender point when invited here under such circumstances.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Circumstances in which it takes place.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
He thinks, from several circumstances, that his appointment is of God.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
Excommunication was still a fearful weapon, and used only in desperate circumstances.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Let us fully understand that the nature of the bee, when viewed under any condition, climate, or circumstance, is the same.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
Such was the light in which Clary viewed the circumstances around her at the present moment.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
But first let me tell of a circumstance that occurred at this date, and which quite changed the current of my existence.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Circumstances, over which he had no control, for a long time hindered the fulfilment of his promise.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The miracle had been accompanied by several rather ludicrous circumstances, and of course laughter was not spared.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
I do not know your circumstances.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Improved conduct and improved circumstances are to an English mind the chief and almost the only measures of progress.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
Depending upon circumstances, the strength of the fraction may vary from a company to a few men.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
It is, indeed, a most extraordinary circumstance.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
The circumstance was this.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
Whatever may be the external circumstances, Nature generally provides some form of life to which those circumstances are congenial.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
M. Buffon made a curious experiment to shew this circumstance.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
It also accounts for another circumstance of common occurrence.
"A Practical Enquiry into the Philosophy of Education" by James Gall
Was she to go and see a woman who had had a baby under such circumstances?
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
But, then, promises must be dependent on circumstances for their redemption, and all the circumstances were against Denas.
"A Singer from the Sea" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
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In poetry:

And really, is it not a gift
To smile and be divinely gay,
To rise above a circumstance
And smile distressing scenes away?
"Grace" by John Crowe Ransom
Alas! alas! how much we owe
To that of which we little know.
The circumstances of an hour,
These, these are far beyond our power.
"Valedictory On Leaving San Francisco, California." by James Madison Bell
Do not miss the purpose of this life,
and do not wait for circumstance
to mold or change your fate.
In your own self lies destiny.
"Attainment" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"The circumstances of a life
Are little things compared to it;
The way love's shown is ever fit;
Thank God, who gives us love, not strife!
"The Dreaming Wheel" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
Through wish, resolve, and act, our will
Is moved by undreamed forces still;
And no man measures in advance
His strength with untried circumstance.
"Overruled" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Meanwhile, the sport of seeming chance,
The plastic shapes of circumstance,
What might have been we fondly guess,
If earlier born, or tempted less.
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Thaddeus McCotter resigns, citing ' nightmarish ' circumstances.
Celebrating the appearance of his first published novel, Pomp and Circumstance (1961), Noël Coward coolly rebuts those critics calling him "antiquated, snobbish, and belonging to an earlier, more complacent age.".
Jonathan Yardley on Noel Coward 's 'Pomp and Circumstance'.
Noël Coward's only novel, "Pomp and Circumstance," is a high-class romp.
When voting I must take into consideration first and foremost the moral issues that are non-negotiable s - those issues that are wrong no matter what the circumstances.
And contents—is generally not given sufficient consideration, except in specific circumstances.
But I can foresee circumstances in which both these things would be by me unavoidable.
When I first started financial counseling, I told people to never get a pre-nup under any circumstances.
I know nothing about the circumstances and suspect we will learn more before long.
The only other confirmed sighting occurred in the 1960s when one was run over by a motorist near Globe, Ariz. Another was captured on camera in 2009 under similar circumstances and was never verified as an official sighting.
Given their unique circumstances, "blind" is a most descriptive word.
In Part 1, we outlined the circumstances and questions surrounding setting up a one-piece manufacturing flow through a heat-treat operation.
Prepare Plan A for likely economic conditions, and Plan B for unforeseen circumstances.
Mercury told Pandora to hold the box for safe-keeping, but under no circumstances was she to open it.
Is it legal under any circumstances to drink in a Seattle park.
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In science:

This circumstance in the latter case induces an interesting step-like behaviour of the low-temperature transverse magnetization as a function of transverse field.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
The quantities |Bλi show up in various circumstances.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
This circumstance was checked by recording CASA trigger request signals simultaneously with other data; they coincide with transients such as those illustrated in Fig. 7 within better than 1/2 µs.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
One may speculate that some of these particles will either retain their energy or regain it (under circumstances to be specified) upon escaping from the source.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
As we emphasized in the introduction, these two formulations of the same theory should complement one another, in the sense that depending on the circumstances, one or the other should single itself out as the preferred description of the system.
Duality Cascade and Oblique Phases in Non-Commutative Open String Theory
Under these circumstances we have a decomposition p ∼= ⊕n s=1ps of p into simple Lie algebras ps .
Branching rules of semi-simple Lie algebras using affine extensions
Under certain circumstances, we can work with a much simpler Markov process.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
Again, under these circumstances, unambiguous comparison of the states of both systems enables us to unambiguously discriminate between the possible states of the second system.
Comparison of two unknown pure quantum states
We now consider the case of flows forced continuously in time, representative of a turbulent ISM, to determine whether turbulence may oppose the condensation process (cf., §3.3) under some circumstances, and, if so, at which scales and values of the rms Mach number.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
During the phase of relaxation of the atom there is emission of light and, depending on the circumstances, it is possible to obtain the phenomena of optical resonance or fluorescence.
On the Theory of Collisions between Atoms and Electrically Charged Particles
It would be an unfortunate circumstance if we were to lose a large portion of the relaxed coarse grid function on application of the interpolation operator.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
An application of the corresponding boundary condition to several types of curved walls resulted in an interesting expression for an effective slip length which could, under certain circumstances, be equivalent to large-scale surface roughness.
Surface Roughness and Effective Stick-Slip Motion
This condition will only be met in exceptional circumstances - therefore stochastic decoherence will essentially always arise in such a system.
Exploiting Randomness in Quantum Information Processing
In such circumstances, one can imitate the proof of Theorems 2.2 or 2.3 to obtain similar results for sequences of space-times (M, gi ).
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
In such circumstances it seems hard to try to concoct a solution which is based only on neighborhoods of nodes.
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
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