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General words for situations and circumstances - thesaurus

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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

events

noun

something that happens, especially something that involves several people

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affair

noun

used for talking about an event, situation etc

affairs

noun

things relating to your personal life, for example what is happening within your family or your financial situation

backdrop

noun

the situation or place in which something happens

the big/wider picture

a whole or complete situation, including all the things that it affects, not just one part of it

business

noun

something that you have to deal with

case

noun

a situation or set of conditions, especially one involving a particular person or thing

case

noun

a situation or person to be dealt with, often by an official

circumstance

noun

your circumstances are the conditions in which you live, especially how much money you have

circumstance

noun

formal events and situations that cannot be controlled

condition

noun

the environment in which people must live and work

condition

noun

formal life and the situations that people have to deal with, especially when this is difficult

contingency

noun

something that might happen in the future, especially something bad

the deal

noun

spoken what is happening or going to happen

development

noun

a new event that changes a situation

dimension

noun

a part of a situation, especially when it influences the way you think about the situation

dynamic

noun

the set of forces that exist in a situation, especially a relationship, and that affect how it changes or develops

the ebb and flow

the way that a situation keeps changing between two states, for example in a game, fight, or argument

encounter

noun

an experience or discovery of a particular kind

the equation

noun

all the different aspects that you have to consider in a situation

estate

noun

an old word meaning the situation or state that someone is in

events

noun

used in a general way to talk about a combination of things that happen

eventuality

noun

formal something that might happen, especially something bad that people might have to deal with

experience

noun

something that happens to you, or a situation that you are involved in

extenuating circumstances

noun

conditions that make a bad action or mistake seem less serious, sometimes even making it seem reasonable

footing

noun

the basic conditions in which something operates or develops

front

noun

a particular aspect of a situation

game

noun

an activity or situation that someone seems to be treating less seriously than it should be treated

go

noun

Americaninformal a situation in which something that has been planned can happen or be done

ground

noun

an environment in which ideas can develop

history

noun

all the things that a particular person has done or experienced

irony

noun

a strange, funny, or sad situation in which things happen in the opposite way to what you would expect

kaleidoscope

noun

a scene, situation, or experience that keeps changing and has many different aspects

the lay of the land

the lie of the land

the lie of the land

the way a situation is developing

life history

noun

all the things that happen to someone during their life

locus

noun

formal the particular place or situation in which something exists or takes place

matrix

noun

formal a set of social, political, or cultural conditions in which something develops or takes place

matters

noun

a situation that someone is involved in

melting pot

noun

a situation in which there are many different types of people, ideas, religions etc existing together

milieu

noun

very formal the particular people and society that surround you and influence the way in which you behave

occasion

noun

a time at which something happens

order

noun

the general situation at a particular time, especially the existing political, economic, or social system that is used at a particular time

palimpsest

noun

something that has many obvious stages or levels of meaning, development, or history

phenomenon

noun

an event or situation that can be seen to happen or exist

picture

noun

a situation

position

noun

a situation that a particular person is in

pressures

noun

conditions that influence the way that events develop

proposition

noun

something or someone that you have to deal with, described as having a particular quality

pros and cons

noun

the advantages and disadvantages of something

scenario

noun

a situation that could possibly happen

scene

noun

something that happens in a particular place

scene

noun

mainly Americaninformal a situation

scope

noun

the things that a particular activity, organization, subject, etc deals with

seedbed

noun

mainly journalism conditions that allow something to develop, especially something bad

someone’s lot (in life)

someone’s general situation in life, especially when this is not very good

someone’s portion

the things that someone must accept as part of their life

stage

noun

the place or situation in which something happens, especially in politics

state of play

noun

British the way in which something is happening or developing

the status quo

noun

the present situation, or the way that things usually are

taste

noun

a short experience of something that you are not used to

thing

noun

a situation, or an event

thing

noun

used for referring to a particular aspect of a situation that you are making a comment about

things

noun

all of the aspects of a particular situation

time

noun

an occasion

time

noun

an experience

ups and downs

a variety of situations and experiences that are sometimes good and sometimes bad

waters

noun

used for talking about a particular type of situation

way

noun

a situation or condition

the way things are

a situation or condition that someone or something is in at a particular time

world

noun

mainly literary the state of being alive

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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