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Is there a word to describe one's action of being swayed/led by the circumstances around themselves?

Example :

A girl establishes a house only after inheriting a large sum of money. She just built it because her circumstances favored her.

Trying to find a word for a person who just does something because of circumstances and not because of their ethics.

  • Not sure, but how about carried away because of the circumstances? – Nagarajan Shanmuganathan Aug 31 '16 at 6:38
  • good but looking more for a single word – Yasha Aug 31 '16 at 6:40
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    May be influenced? I think swayed conveys what you want you say! Why are you looking for a different word? – Nagarajan Shanmuganathan Aug 31 '16 at 6:42
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In the event that the girl in your example came into a huge sum of money and bought a house simply because she felt like doing so and was able to afford it (cf "because of circumstances"), rather than because it was a considered decision (cf "because of their ethics"), then you can say she did it on a whim.

Whim noun 1 A sudden desire or change of mind, especially one that is unusual or unexplained: she bought it on a whim: Apparently on a whim, Wonka suddenly decides to reopen his doors to five children. - ODO

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