a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
context, circumstance, setting(noun)
the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
"the historical context"
circumstance, condition, consideration(noun)
information that should be kept in mind when making a decision
"another consideration is the time it would take"
formal ceremony about important occasions
"pomp and circumstance"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
A circumstance (Latin circum, around, and sto, stand), is something existing or occurring in connection with or relation to some other fact or event, modifying or throwing light upon the principal matter without affecting its essential character; an accompaniment is something that unites with the principal matter, tho not necessary to it; as, the piano accompaniment to a song; a concomitant goes with a thing in natural connection, but in a subordinate capacity, or perhaps in contrast; as, cheerfulness is a concomitant of virtue. A circumstance is not strictly, nor usually, an occasion, condition, effect, or result. (See these words under CAUSE.) Nor is the circumstance properly an incident. (See under ACCIDENT.) We say, "My decision will depend upon circumstances" — not "upon incidents." That a man wore a blue necktie would not probably be the cause, occasion, condition, or concomitant of his committing murder; but it might be a very important circumstance in identifying him as the murderer. All the circumstances make up the situation. A certain disease is the cause of a man's death; his suffering is an incident; that he is in his own home, that he has good medical attendance, careful nursing, etc., are consolatory circumstances. With the same idea of subordination, we often say, "This is not a circumstance to that." So a person is said to be in easy circumstances. Compare EVENT.
"Mere situation is expressed by 'in the circumstances'; action affected is performed 'under the circumstances.'" [
Murray's"New English Dictionary"]
Translations for circumstance
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- ظَرْف, حالةArabic
- обстоятелство, материално положение, подробностBulgarian
- kår, omstændelighed, detalje, omstændighedDanish
- varat, asianhaara, seikka, yhteensattuma, olosuhteet, varallisuus, yksityiskohta, olotFinnish
- corScottish Gaelic
- հանգամանք, պարագա, մանրամասնություն, դեպքArmenian
- dettaglio, circostanza, circonlocuzioneItalian
- 状況, 事件, 事情Japanese
- omstendeNorwegian Nynorsk
- împrejurare, circumstanțăRomanian
- положение, ситуация, подробность, деталь, материальное положение, частность, условие, обстоятельство, случайRussian
- okolnost, околностSerbo-Croatian
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