state of affairs

Definitions of state of affairs
  1. noun
    the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time
    “wondered how such a state of affairs had come about”
    synonyms: situation
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    absurd, the absurd
    a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless
    the state of being acceptable and accepted
    ballgame, new ballgame
    a particular situation that is radically different from the preceding situation
    a demanding or stimulating situation
    the condition of being without offspring
    a situation or condition that is complex or confused
    a situation in which people or things are crowded together
    loss of equilibrium attributable to an unstable situation in which some forces outweigh others
    the situation in which you are happiest and most effective
    the totality of surrounding conditions
    a stable situation in which forces cancel one another
    the state of being excluded
    fish bowl, fishbowl, goldfish bowl
    a state of affairs in which you have no privacy
    a situation that is ideal for rapid development (especially of something bad)
    the state of being included
    the situation of being or dying without a legally valid will
    picture, scene
    a situation treated as an observable object
    prison, prison house
    a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement
    the state of being rejected
    size, size of it
    the actual state of affairs
    square one
    the situation in which you begin an endeavor and to which you return if your efforts fail
    status quo
    the existing state of affairs
    a special situation
    congestion, over-crowding
    excessive crowding
    a state of equilibrium
    balance of power
    an equilibrium of power between nations
    dynamic balance
    (aeronautics) the state of equilibrium in which centrifugal forces due to a rotating mass (e.g., a propeller) do not produce force in the shaft and so vibration is reduced
    (physiology) metabolic equilibrium actively maintained by several complex biological mechanisms that operate via the autonomic nervous system to offset disrupting changes
    (geology) a general equilibrium of the forces tending to elevate or depress the earth's crust
    Nash equilibrium
    (game theory) a stable state of a system that involves several interacting participants in which no participant can gain by a change of strategy as long as all the other participants remain unchanged
    a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
    thermal equilibrium
    a state in which all parts of a system are at the same temperature
    imbalance, instability, unbalance
    a lack of balance or state of disequilibrium
    a current state of general acceptance and use
    acknowledgement, acknowledgment, recognition
    the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged
    approval, favorable reception, favourable reception
    acceptance as satisfactory
    acceptance as true or valid
    content, contentedness
    the state of being contented with your situation in life
    acceptance without protest
    the state of being welcome
    apostasy, defection, renunciation
    the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
    disfavor, disfavour
    the state of being out of favor
    censure, exclusion, excommunication
    the state of being excommunicated
    rejection by God; the state of being condemned to eternal misery in Hell
    the state of taking in or encircling
    including entirely
    Coventry, banishment, ostracism
    the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent)
    the state of being debarred (excluded from enjoying certain possessions or rights or practices)
    circumstance, context, setting
    the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
    the environment as it relates to living organisms
    background, scope, setting
    the state of the environment in which a situation exists
    an environment offering affection and security
    milieu, surroundings
    the environmental condition
    area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
    a particular environment or walk of life
    the streets of a city viewed as a depressed environment in which there is poverty and crime and prostitution and dereliction
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    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
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