a state of affairs

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
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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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And we need not invoke a state of affairs totality, since a's being blue is metaphysically sufficient for a's being not red.
A possible world is also a set of tropes--in first approximation, the set of tropes that exist in it--and a state of affairs is a set of possible worlds.