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Circumstance vs. Situation

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  • Circumstance (noun)

    That which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event; an attendant thing or state of things.

  • Circumstance (noun)

    An event; a fact; a particular incident.

  • Circumstance (noun)

    Circumlocution; detail.

  • Circumstance (noun)

    Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings.

  • Circumstance (verb)

    To place in a particular situation, especially with regard to money or other resources.

  • Situation (noun)

    The way in which something is positioned vis-à-vis its surroundings.

    "The Botanical Gardens are in a delightful situation on the river bank."

  • Situation (noun)

    The place in which something is situated; a location.

  • Situation (noun)

    Position or status with regard to conditions and circumstances.

  • Situation (noun)

    The combination of circumstances at a given moment; a state of affairs.

    "The United States is in an awkward situation with debt default looming."

  • Situation (noun)

    A position of employment; a post.

  • Situation (noun)

    A difficult or unpleasant set of circumstances; a problem.

    "Boss, we've got a situation here..."

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  • Circumstance (noun)

    That which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event; an attendant thing or state of things.

  • Circumstance (noun)

    An event; a fact; a particular incident.

  • Circumstance (noun)

    Circumlocution; detail.

  • Circumstance (noun)

    Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings.

  • Circumstance

    To place in a particular situation; to supply relative incidents.

  • Situation (noun)

    Manner in which an object is placed; location, esp. as related to something else; position; locality site; as, a house in a pleasant situation.

  • Situation (noun)

    Position, as regards the conditions and circumstances of the case.

  • Situation (noun)

    Relative position; circumstances; temporary state or relation at a moment of action which excites interest, as of persons in a dramatic scene.

  • Situation (noun)

    Permanent position or employment; place; office; as, a situation in a store; a situation under government.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Circumstance (noun)

    a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity

  • Circumstance (noun)

    the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event;

    "the historical context"

  • Circumstance (noun)

    information that should be kept in mind when making a decision;

    "another consideration is the time it would take"

  • Circumstance (noun)

    formal ceremony about important occasions;

    "pomp and circumstance"

  • Situation (noun)

    the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time;

    "the present international situation is dangerous"

    "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about"

    "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"

  • Situation (noun)

    a condition or position in which you find yourself;

    "the unpleasant situation (or position) of having to choose between two evils"

    "found herself in a very fortunate situation"

  • Situation (noun)

    a complex or critical or unusual difficulty;

    "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"

    "that's quite a situation"

    "no human situation is simple"

  • Situation (noun)

    physical position in relation to the surroundings;

    "the sites are determined by highly specific sequences of nucleotides"

  • Situation (noun)

    a job in an organization;

    "he occupied a post in the treasury"

Princeton's WordNet
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