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under the circumstances

In consideration of what is currently happening. Under the circumstances, I think you should rest—you are just getting over a cold, after all. Under the circumstances, I think we could consider ourselves lucky—it could have been a lot worse.
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under the circumstances

Fig. in a particular situation; because of the circumstances. I'm sorry to hear that you're ill. Under the circumstances, you may take the day off. We won't expect you to come to work for a few days, under the circumstances.
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under the circumstances

Also, in the circumstances. Given these conditions, such being the case, as in Under the circumstances we can't leave Mary out. This idiom uses circumstance in the sense of "a particular situation," a usage dating from the late 1300s. It may also be modified in various ways, such as under any circumstances meaning "no matter what the situation," as in We'll phone her under any circumstances; under no circumstances, meaning "in no case, never," as in Under no circumstances may you smoke; under any other circumstances, meaning "in a different situation," as in I can't work under any other circumstances; and under the same circumstances, meaning "given the same situation," as in Under the same circumstances anyone would have done the same.
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in/under the ˈcircumstances

used before or after a statement to show that you have thought about the conditions that affect a situation before making a decision or a statement: Under the circumstances, it seemed better not to tell him about the accident.She did the job very well in the circumstances.
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Some courts applied a "could have" test, asking simply whether officers could have effected a constitutional seizure; others applied a "would have" test, asking whether officers would have taken the action under the circumstances, absent some ulterior motive.
The government, on the other hand, argued that the weaving of the vehicle gave the officer the reasonable suspicion necessary to investigate the possibility of drunk driving and that any officer under the circumstances could have made the seizure.
The ulterior motive does not necessarily invalidate the seizure, but it will cause the courts using the "would have" test to consider what a reasonable officer would have done under the circumstances absent an ulterior motive.
Under the circumstances, the TI seemingly places substantial reliance on the term of the loan and whether it is prepaid before the end of the taxation year.
The remaining cases of hepatitis B infection occurred under the circumstances previously mentioned--absorption of infected blood through cuts, wounds, or scrapes on the skin; needle-stick injuries; bites; or undescribed circumstances.