state of affairs


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state of affairs

A current situation or set of conditions. It's been a sad state of affairs around here since our grandma got sick. I'd like to start this meeting by going over the company's financial state of affairs.
See also: affair, of, state

a state of afˈfairs

general situation or circumstances: We know little about the present state of affairs in China.
See also: affair, of, state
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If we convince ourselves that there is no such state of affairs as "the absence of x," then there exists no entity for y to be causally related.
While only S1 indicates an outright opposition between subject and predicate, the expression for negation in each case indicates an incompatibility between the state of affairs designated by the respective judgment and an opposite state of affairs.
But the state of affairs is such that unemployment has struck the federal prison system.
Our inability to imagine a state of affairs associated with '17 is green' is, on this account, to be expected and not a mark of meaninglessness.
I'm retired, and I have the time now to read more, but after a while the state of affairs gets me down.
But while the excerpted text lends a veneer of social awareness to the video, Bellona is more than a coincidental commentary on the current state of affairs.
It kind of makes you want to interject with a Homer Simpson-like "d'oh," but apparently there are far too many managers who don't get it--and this seems to be a global state of affairs.
FIRST we had the time to reflect on the state of affairs in Ireland and now we have time to reflect on the state of affairs in the rest of Europe.
This was the state of affairs when historian Diana Lindsay brought Marshal's recorded experiences back into public purview with the publication of his writings, gleaned from the pages of Desert Magazine and anthologized in Marshal South And The Ghost Mountain Chronicles: An Experiment In Primitive Living.
trade deficit was expected to top $600 billion in 2004, Li insisted that the Communist Chinese regime would never abide such a state of affairs.
At the same time, they argue the urgent need for others to take interest in the current state of affairs.
It seems her mother, who is an octogenarian, went to the doctor and expressed how upset she was about the current state of affairs in America.
It's bad enough that this state of affairs exists at all.
This bizarre state of affairs came to light in 1998, when scientists found that some distant exploded stars are dimmer, and therefore farther way, than expected.
The Committee heard from Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson about the current state of affairs within the mutual fund industry; he acknowledged that market timing and late trading practices seem to be "quite widespread"--more than originally anticipated.