1 (usually circumstances) facts/events that affect sth

The plan might work better with more favourable/favorable circumstances.

adverse, difficult, dire, tragic, trying, unfavourable/unfavorable

people facing adverse circumstances

He died in tragic circumstances.

normal, ordinary

In normal circumstances I would let you use my car, but today I need it.

exceptional, extraordinary, extreme, special, unusual

Only if the circumstances are exceptional will we accept late applications.

mysterious, suspicious

She died in rather suspicious circumstances.

extenuating, mitigating

His sentence was reduced because of the extenuating circumstances.

changed, changing, different
unavoidable, unforeseen
economic, financial, historical, political, social

life in the changing economic circumstances of China

certain, particular, specific
current, present
life (esp. AmE)

an unfortunate set of circumstances that made her life difficult


I felt that circumstances were conspiring against me.

dictate sth, require sth, warrant sth

Circumstances dictate that I should leave this town forever.

according to circumstance

The amount paid will vary according to circumstances.

due to … circumstances

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to reschedule the concert.

in … circumstances

She died in suspicious circumstances.

in the circumstances, under the circumstances

In the circumstances, you'd better call the police.

circumstance surrounding

The bank will investigate the circumstances surrounding the robbery.

by force of circumstance

The survivors ate plants and insects by force of circumstance.

circumstances beyond our control

The delays were due to circumstances beyond our control.

the circumstances of sb's life

the tragic circumstances of his early life

a combination of circumstances

We lost our position in the market due to a combination of circumstances.

in no circumstances, under no circumstances

Under no circumstances should you leave the door unlocked.

a victim of circumstance

He was simply a victim of circumstance.

2 circumstances amount of money you have
desperate, modest, reduced, straitened (formal)
domestic, family, personal
in … circumstance

He was a writer living in straitened circumstances.

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