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circumstance  

  ( circumstances    plural  )
1       n-count   The circumstances of a particular situation are the conditions which affect what happens.  
usu pl, with supp  
Recent opinion polls show that 60 percent favor abortion under certain circumstances..., I wish we could have met under happier circumstances.     
2       n-plural   The circumstances of an event are the way it happened or the causes of it.  
with supp, oft the N of n  
I'm making inquiries about the circumstances of Mary Dean's murder..., Hundreds of people had died there in terrible circumstances during and after the revolution.     
3       n-plural   Your circumstances are the conditions of your life, especially the amount of money that you have.  
usu with poss   (=situation)  
...help and support for the single mother, whatever her circumstances..., I wouldn't have expected to find you in such comfortable circumstances.     
4       n-uncount   Events and situations which cannot be controlled are sometimes referred to as circumstance.  
There are those, you know, who, by circumstance, end up homeless..., You might say that we've been victims of circumstance.     
5    You can emphasize that something must not or will not happen by saying that it must not or will not happen under any circumstances.  
under any circumstances/under any circumstance      phrase   PHR with cl     (emphasis)    She made it clear that under no circumstances would she cancel the trip.     
6    You can use in the circumstances or under the circumstances before or after a statement to indicate that you have considered the conditions affecting the situation before making the statement.  
under the circumstances/in the circumstances      phrase   PHR with cl  
Under the circumstances, a crash was unavoidable...     
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circumstance  

  
accident, condition, contingency, detail, element, event, fact, factor, happening, incident, item, occurrence, particular, position, respect, situation  

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exp.
expression used to describe a lost opportunity or something that is unlikely to happen in the current circumstances

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