Definition of circumstances alter cases in English:

circumstances alter cases


  • One's opinion or treatment of someone or something may vary according to the prevailing circumstances.

    • ‘It seems nothing will induce them to accept that circumstances alter cases.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His summary of the central controversy in moral philosophy as ‘circumstances alter cases’ show his limits, however.’