The two are departing the series this week, under circumstances that are being kept firmly under wraps.
When Alfred read my later draft, he said that I made up the rape scene, and under circumstances that were completely inaccurate.
Now he has quit the CIA, but under circumstances that make it hard to believe Princeton would welcome him.
There was a girl in a northeastern American city who survived a fall under circumstances similar to those in the novel.
I did not meet my father again but once under circumstances which admitted of intelligible communion.
We have begun it under circumstances of the most auspicious nature.
They, too, had met him before, under circumstances which they did not take pleasure in recalling.
Harm an alien being only under circumstances of self-defense.
under circumstances of this kind the quantity of air taken into the mine can be changed instantly.
How was he to bear himself, he wondered, under circumstances so exasperating?
early 13c., "conditions surrounding and accompanying an event," from Old French circonstance "circumstance, situation," also literally, "outskirts" (13c., Modern French circonstance), from Latin circumstantia "surrounding condition," neuter plural of circumstans (genitive circumstantis), present participle of circumstare "stand around, surround, encompass, occupy, take possession of" from circum "around" (see circum-) + stare "to stand" from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). The Latin word is a loan-translation of Greek peristasis.
Meaning "a person's surroundings, environment" is from mid-14c. Meaning "a detail" is from c.1300; sense of "that which is non-essential" is from 1590s. Obsolete sense of "formality about an important event" (late 14c.) lingers in Shakespeare's phrase pomp and circumstance ("Othello" III, iii).