Definition of under (or in) no circumstances in English:

under (or in) no circumstances

phrase

  • Never, whatever the situation is or might be.

    ‘under no circumstances may the child be identified’
    • ‘So you're basically saying under no circumstances would you either seek or accept the vice presidential nomination?’
    • ‘You later apologise for losing your temper, but are then given a written warning and told that under no circumstances must you act the same way again.’
    • ‘And remember - there is to be no short selling unless normal investors want to buy, and under no circumstances should you go short if you think the market might fall.’
    • ‘However, under no circumstances will we transmit a piece of evidence if it could be used to back up a death sentence.’
    • ‘I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.’
    • ‘We want to remind the public under no circumstances should anyone enter the fenced-off land.’
    • ‘It can help, definitely, but under no circumstances would we ever say it would cure something.’
    • ‘So, under no circumstances will there be subsidies?’
    • ‘But under no circumstances should you keep quiet.’
    • ‘And the thing that was in my mind was that Greece, under no circumstances whatsoever, should end up in civil war.’