circumstance


circumstance
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Concomitant condition
Nouns
1. circumstance, situation, condition, case, phase, position, posture, attitude, place, environment; footing, standing, status, state; occasion, eventuality, juncture, conjuncture; contingency, event; quandary, dilemma, predicament (See difficulty); emergency; exigency, crisis, pinch, pass, push; turning point; bearings, lay of the land, how the land lies.
2. occurrence, incident, instance; particular, regard, detail, aspect, fact, point, thing, trifle; happening, phenomenon.
3. circumstantiation, particularization, itemization; analysis. See inquiry.
Verbs
1. circumstantiate, itemize, detail, spell out, particularize, enter into particulars, quote chapter and verse.
2. occur; undergo, fall to the lot of, be one's lot; find oneself; shape up.
Adjectives
1. circumstantial, given, conditional, provisional (See qualification); contingent, incidental; adventitious, extrinsic; occasional.
2. itemized, detailed, particular, specific, exact.
Adverbs
1. in or under the circumstances, thus, in such wise, accordingly; therefore, consequently, that or such being the case, that being so, since, seeing that, so, then; conditionally, provided, if, in case; if so, in the event of; so or as long as; in such a contingency or case; occasionally; provisionally, unless, except, without (See qualification); according to the circumstances, according as, as the case may be, as the wind blows. Informal, thusly.
2. eventually, in the [natural] course [of things]; as things go.
Phrases — one man's loss is another man's gain.
Quotations — The time is out of joint (Shakespeare), Anyone who isn't confused doesn't really understand the situation (Edward R. Murrow).
Antonyms, See nonexistence.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [An attendant condition]
Syn. situation, condition, contingency, phase, factor, detail, item, fact, case, place, time, cause, state, status, element, particular, feature, point, incident, proviso, article, stipulation, concern, matter, thing, event, adjunct, occurrence, juncture, exigency, intervention, supervention, fortuity, coincidence, concurrent event, chance, happenstance*; see also state 2 .
2. [An occurrence]
Syn. event, episode, happening, incident; see event 1 .
See Synonym Study at occurrence .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
situation, case, instance, occasion, incidence, occurrence, matter, episode, condition, contingency, concern, place, time.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Existing surroundings that affect an activity. Often used in plural: condition (used in plural), environment. Slang: scene. See BE. 2. One of the conditions or facts attending an event and having some bearing on it: detail, fact, factor, particular. See REAL. 3. Something that happens: event, happening, incident, occasion, occurrence, thing. See HAPPEN. 4. Something significant that happens: development, episode, event, happening, incident, news, occasion, occurrence, thing. See HAPPEN.

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