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English noun: circumstance

1. circumstance (state) a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity

Broader (hypernym)condition, status

Narrower (hyponym)case, event, hinge, playing field

2. circumstance (state) the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event

SamplesThe historical context.

Synonymscontext, setting

Broader (hypernym)environment

Narrower (hyponym)conditions, conditions

3. circumstance (cognition) information that should be kept in mind when making a decision

SamplesAnother consideration is the time it would take.

Synonymscondition, consideration

Broader (hypernym)information

Narrower (hyponym)justification, mitigating circumstance

4. circumstance (event) formal ceremony about important occasions

SamplesPomp and circumstance.

Broader (hypernym)ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance

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