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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.
See also: circumstance

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.
See also: circumstance

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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References in classic literature ?
She is older than most of them, and has had advantages of an exclusive nature for acquiring a knowledge of English; on the other hand, her sphere of life is somewhat beneath theirs; under these circumstances, a public distinction, conferred upon Mdlle.
Under these circumstances, the observation of inappropriate clothing for existing weather conditions probably would not constitute a clear indicator that the person may be concealing a firearm because such behavior could be completely understandable.
Although the Service has not published guidance on breaks in service, under these circumstances the break between the assignments in Washington DC, should be ignored.
Under these circumstances, the fund will recognize the asset in its statement of financial position and as contribution revenue in its statement of activities.
53) The court held that the search of the house was lawful and the items seized admissible because, under these circumstances, "there may have been a shooting victim or another armed person inside.
The OECD endorses strict application of the arm's-length principle under these circumstances, and it recommends the valuation should be treated similarly to the way independent companies commonly value intangibles under similar conditions.