The definition of a circumstance is a state that you are in, the details surrounding a situation, or a condition that causes something to occur.(noun)
An example of a circumstance is when you are very poor.
See circumstance in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: OFr < L circumstantia, a standing around, condition < circumstare < circum, around + stare, stand
See circumstance in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French circonstance
Origin: , from Latin circumstantia
Origin: , from circumstāns, circumstant-
Origin: , present participle of circumstāre, to stand around
Origin: : circum-, circum-
Origin: + stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
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