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under certain circumstances

 and under certain conditions
Fig. depending on or influenced by something; because of something. Under certain conditions, you can see across the lake to the other side. Under certain circumstances, what you propose to do is all right.

under certain circumstances

because of particular conditions Your insurance will pay for that surgery, but only under certain circumstances, for example if it's an emergency.
References in classic literature ?
No," replied Barbicane; "if it was so, under certain conditions of the moon, these ridges would cast shadows, and they do not cast any.
On one side of me was the tawny sea, changing under certain conditions of the weather to a dull pearl-gray.
But that also was not, under certain conditions, an unforgivable thing.
Edmund would be forgiven for being a clergyman, it seemed, under certain conditions of wealth; and this, she suspected, was all the conquest of prejudice which he was so ready to congratulate himself upon.
Crime, which, under certain conditions, may seem to have created Individualism, must take cognisance of other people and interfere with them.
His object was to realise his own perfection as an artist, under certain conditions, and in certain forms of Art.
But, in his disordered fancy, the idea had assumed a more daring character, and trespassed, under certain conditions, upon the kingdom of inorganization.
It is retarded under certain conditions, none of which, however, appear to have been present in this case.
The "noble animal" who has saved you or me from drowning will fly at your throat or mine, under certain conditions, ten minutes afterward.
The rich carried on the administration of the provinces without compensation except that of receiving a peerage under certain conditions.
Under certain conditions of life there is precious little time left for mere breathing.
Bishops in some places allowed divorce and remarriage under certain conditions.
said Thursday that under certain conditions, users of its Nightshot-equipped Handycam video cameras can peep through light-colored, thin clothing and even bathing suits.
So the fact that bacterial colonies arrange themselves in snowflakelike clusters under certain conditions isn't particularly startling.
Oakridge also was granted the right under certain conditions to acquire Mohave Shores Development.