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  • That which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event; an attendant thing or state of things.
  • An event; a fact; a particular incident.
  • Circumlocution; detail.
  • Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings.
  • To place in a particular situation; to supply relative incidents.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



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 consideration.

Syn. -- Event; occurrence; incident; situation; condition; position; fact; detail; item. See Event.

Cir"cum*stance, v. t. 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.
Addison.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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