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  1. cir·cum·stance
    IPA[ˈsərkəmˌstans]
  2. noun

    • 1. a fact or condition connected with or relevant to an event or action:

      we wanted to marry but circumstances didn't permit
    • 2. an event or fact that causes or helps to cause something to happen, typically something undesirable:

      he was found dead but there were no suspicious circumstances they were thrown together by circumstance
    • 3. one's state of financial or material welfare:

      the artists are living in reduced circumstances
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: circumstance, plural noun: circumstances

    • noun

      a fact or condition connected with or relevant to an event or action:

      an event or fact that causes or helps to cause something to happen, typically something undesirable:

    • used euphemistically to refer to the state of being poor after being relatively wealthy
    • plural

      poverty:
    • used euphemistically to refer to the state of being poor after being relatively wealthy
    • plural

      poverty:
    • one's opinion or treatment of someone or something may vary according to the prevailing circumstances
    • never, whatever the situation is or might be
    • given the difficult nature of the situation
    • never, whatever the situation is or might be
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