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General words for situations and circumstances

situation

noun

the set of conditions that exist at a particular time in a particular place

circumstance

noun

a fact or condition that affects a situation

conditions

noun

the situation or environment in which something happens or exists

background

noun

the general situation in which something happens

position

noun

a general situation

climate

noun

the general situation or attitudes that people have at a particular time

state of affairs

noun

the situation that a person, place, or process is in at a particular time

context

noun

the general situation in which something happens, which helps to explain it

environment

noun

the conditions and influences in which people carry on a particular activity

event

noun

something that happens, especially something that involves several people

solutionism

the belief that every problem has a solution based in technology

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any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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