AskDefine | Define circumstance

Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. That which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event; an attendant thing or state of things.
  2. An event; a fact; a particular incident.
  3. Circumlocution; detail.
  4. Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings.


That which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event
  • Chinese: 情況, 情况 (qing kuang)
  • Croatian: okolnost
  • Czech: okolnost
  • Danish: omstændighed
  • Finnish: olosuhteet, olot
  • Hebrew: נסיבות (nesibot) f|p
  • Icelandic: kringumstæður
  • Italian: circostanza
  • Korean:
  • Russian: обстоятельство, условие
  • Swedish: omständighet
An event; a fact; a particular incident
Circumlocution; detail
Condition in regard to worldly estate


  1. To place in a particular situation; to supply relative incidents.

Extensive Definition

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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