circumstance

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circumstance

noun
cir·​cum·​stance | \ ˈsər-kəm-ˌstan(t)s, -stən(t)s \
1a a condition, fact, or event accompanying, conditioning, or determining another : an essential or inevitable concomitant
1b a subordinate or accessory fact or detail
1c a piece of evidence that indicates the probability or improbability of an event (such as a crime)
2a the sum of essential and environmental factors (as of an event or situation)
2b state of affairs : eventuality — often used in plural a victim of circumstances
2c circumstances plural : situation
3 attendant formalities and ritualistic display especially as contrasted with essential procedure
4 an event that constitutes a detail (as of a narrative or course of events)

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It was an inevitable circumstance that Julie would find out about Benny’s philandering. They shared too many “friends”. She worried that she might not find a better man, but decided that Benny was not good enough for the long haul. Her mother supported the decision. Julie packed her essentials and left Benny a short note wishing him a life full of broken dreams and hard-to-cure STDs.

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