Search Result for "under the circumstances":
Wordnet 3.0


1. because of prevailing conditions;
- Example: "under the circumstances I cannot buy the house"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

circumstance \cir"cum*stance\ (s[~e]r"k[u^]m*st[a^]ns), n. [L. circumstantia, fr. circumstans, -antis, p. pr. of circumstare to stand around; circum + stare to stand. See Stand.] 1. That which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event; an attendant thing or state of things. [1913 Webster] The circumstances are well known in the country where they happened. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster] 2. An event; a fact; a particular incident. [1913 Webster] The sculptor had in his thoughts the conqueror weeping for new worlds, or the like circumstances in history. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 3. Circumlocution; detail. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] So without more circumstance at all I hold it fit that we shake hands and part. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. pl. Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings. [1913 Webster] When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Not a circumstance, of no account. [Colloq.] Under the circumstances, taking all things into consideration. Syn: Event; occurrence; incident; situation; condition; position; fact; detail; item. See Event. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

under the circumstances adv 1: because of prevailing conditions; "under the circumstances I cannot buy the house"