Definition of reduced circumstances in English:

reduced circumstances


  • Used euphemistically to refer to the state of being poor after being relatively wealthy.

    ‘a divorcee living in reduced circumstances’
    • ‘Having taken advantage of increased funding to become a full-time athlete, he now finds his reduced circumstances and changing priorities have affected his thinking.’
    • ‘It is a fact of life that the death of a husband or wife results in reduced circumstances for the surviving partner.’
    • ‘However, many of these women were living in reduced circumstances, and in order to increase their productivity they were forced to enlist the help of their own children, which kept them out of school.’
    • ‘This told the story of a family struggling to survive in reduced circumstances after the father had been falsely imprisoned.’
    • ‘Despite his seemingly reduced circumstances, Reid was still able to spend almost 3000 on a round-trip ticket from Paris via Miami and Antigua.’
    • ‘She now lives, in very reduced circumstances, with her son.’
    • ‘How have you coped with your new, reduced circumstances?’
    • ‘Don't get too depressed at your newly reduced circumstances.’
    • ‘These were difficult years financially, and he never fully recovered from his reduced circumstances even after he moved back to New York in 1783.’
    • ‘Instead he continued to try and make the kind of films he wanted to make, in reduced circumstances.’
    impoverished, in straitened circumstances, ruined, bankrupt, bankrupted, bust, insolvent
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