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Noun circumstance has 4 senses
  1. circumstance - a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
    --1 is a kind of
    condition, status
    --1 has particulars: event, case; hinge; playing field
  2. context, circumstance - the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event; "the historical context"
    --2 is a kind of environment
  3. circumstance, condition, consideration - information that should be kept in mind when making a decision; "another consideration is the time it would take"
    --3 is a kind of information
    --3 has particulars: justification; mitigating circumstance
  4. circumstance - formal ceremony about important occasions; "pomp and circumstance"
    --4 is a kind of
    ceremony, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, observance
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