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circumstances alter cases

Definition of circumstances alter cases in English:

proverb One’s opinion or treatment of someone or something may vary according to the prevailing circumstances.
Example sentences
  • His summary of the central controversy in moral philosophy as ‘circumstances alter cases’ show his limits, however.
  • The central question of moral philosophy and the question I briefly addressed is where we get the rules to decide how circumstances alter cases (among other things).
  • Noses alter faces and circumstances alter cases, as the old saying puts it.
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