Etymology
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circumstances (n.)

"condition of life, material welfare" (usually with a qualifying adjective), 1704, from circumstance.

updated on August 10, 2012

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Definitions of circumstances from WordNet

circumstances (n.)
your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you);
a victim of circumstances
Synonyms: fortune / destiny / fate / luck / lot / portion
circumstances (n.)
a person's financial situation (good or bad);
he found himself in straitened circumstances
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