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Pronunciation:  'surkum`stans

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  information that should be kept in mind when making a decision; "another consideration is the time it would take"
  2. [n]  formal ceremony about important occasions; "pomp and circumstance"
  3. [n]  a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
  4. [n]  the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event; "the historical context"

CIRCUMSTANCE is a 12 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: condition, consideration, context
 See Also: case, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, condition, environment, event, hinge, information, justification, mitigating circumstance, observance, status



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cir"cum*stance\, 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.
             The circumstances are well known in the country
             where they happened.                  --W. Irving.
    2. 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.                              --Addison.
    3. Circumlocution; detail. [Obs.]
             So without more circumstance at all I hold it fit
             that we shake hands and part.         --Shak.
    4. pl. Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of
       property; situation; surroundings.
             When men are easy in their circumstances, they are
             naturally enemies to innovations.     --Addison.
    {Not a circumstance}, of no account. [Colloq.]
    {Under the circumstances}, taking all things into
    Syn: Event; occurrence; incident; situation; condition;
         position; fact; detail; item. See {Event}.
  2. \Cir"cum*stance\, v. t.
    To place in a particular situation; to supply relative
          The poet took the matters of fact as they came down to
          him and circumstanced them, after his own manner.
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