Circumstances are factors or conditions that play a part in determining an outcome. Given the current economic circumstances, a lot of good candidates just can't find jobs.

The word circumstances first came onto the scene in the early 13th century, meaning “conditions surrounding and accompanying an event.” The Dalai Lama advised that “In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction.” Wise and timeless words, no matter the present circumstances.

Definitions of circumstances

n your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

“a victim of circumstances
destiny, fate, fortune, lot, luck, portion
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good fortune, good luck, luckiness
an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes
a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
bad luck, ill luck, misfortune, tough luck
an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
lack of success
prosperity, successfulness
the condition of prospering; having good fortune
blessing, boon
a desirable state
the condition of being financially weak
adversity, hard knocks, hardship
a state of misfortune or affliction
gutter, sewer, toilet
misfortune resulting in lost effort or money
hard cheese
bad luck
a state of complete lack of some abstract property
bank failure
the inability of a bank to meet its credit obligations
crop failure
the failure of crops to produce a marketable surplus
dead duck
something doomed to failure
Type of:
a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing

n a person's financial situation (good or bad)

“he found himself in straitened circumstances
Type of:
anything owned or possessed

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