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Noun: circumstances  'sur-kum,stãn(t)-siz
  1. Your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
    "a victim of circumstances";
    - fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, portion, circs [Brit, informal]
  2. A person's financial situation (good or bad)
    "he found himself in straitened circumstances";
    - circs [Brit, informal]
Noun: circumstance  'sur-kum,stãn(t)s
  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 circumstance";
    - context, setting
  3. Information that should be kept in mind when making a decision
    "another circumstance is the time it would take";
    - condition, consideration
  4. Formal ceremony about important occasions
    "pomp and circumstance"

Type of: ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, condition, environment, information, observance, possession, status

Encyclopedia: Circumstances