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The way in which events or circumstances stand at a particular time or within a particular sphere; the current situation.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in Chartier's Traité de l'Esperance. From state + of + things, plural of thing. Compare classical Latin status rērum, in reference to public or political affairs.
state of things/ˈsteɪt əv ˌθɪŋz/
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