circumstances

Circumstances are factors or conditions that play a part in determining an outcome. Given the current economic circumstances, a lot of good candidates just can't find jobs.

The word circumstances first came onto the scene in the early 13th century, meaning “conditions surrounding and accompanying an event.” The Dalai Lama advised that “In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction.” Wise and timeless words, no matter the present circumstances.

Definitions of circumstances
  1. noun
    your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
    “a victim of circumstances
    synonyms: destiny, fate, fortune, lot, luck, portion
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    good fortune, good luck, luckiness
    an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes
    providence
    a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
    bad luck, ill luck, misfortune, tough luck
    an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
    failure
    lack of success
    prosperity, successfulness
    the condition of prospering; having good fortune
    blessing, boon
    a desirable state
    weakness
    the condition of being financially weak
    adversity, hard knocks, hardship
    a state of misfortune or affliction
    gutter, sewer, toilet
    misfortune resulting in lost effort or money
    hard cheese
    bad luck
    bankruptcy
    a state of complete lack of some abstract property
    bank failure
    the inability of a bank to meet its credit obligations
    crop failure
    the failure of crops to produce a marketable surplus
    dead duck
    something doomed to failure
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    condition
    a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing
  2. noun
    a person's financial situation (good or bad)
    “he found himself in straitened circumstances
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    possession
    anything owned or possessed
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