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The circumstances surrounding the child's death are being investigated.
The circumstances of this case are unusual.
Cancellation under certain circumstances is covered by your travel insurance policy.
Under different circumstances she might have been able to appreciate the irony of it.
In exceptional circumstances students may arrange to take examinations at other times.
I would never in any circumstances dream of comparing her with you.
Under no circumstances will we agree to splitting up the company.
It's amazing that they did so well under the circumstances.
It is very important to make a will, whatever your circumstances.
You are obliged by law to notify the agency of any change in circumstances.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to close the exhibition for the next two days.
This is the American English definition of circumstance. View British English definition of circumstance.
a curved area at one end of a church
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