- manner of being situated; location or position with reference to environment: The situation of the house allowed for a beautiful view.
- a place or locality.
- condition; case; plight: He is in a desperate situation.
- the state of affairs; combination of circumstances: The present international situation is dangerous.
- a position or post of employment; job.
- a state of affairs of special or critical significance in the course of a play, novel, etc.
- Sociology. the aggregate of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors acting on an individual or group to condition behavioral patterns.
Origin of situation
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Examples from the Web for situation
Her slight miscalculation of how to fix the situation leads to her driving around the gas pump.Slow Motion Tiger Jump, a Tornado at the Rose Bowl and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
January 4, 2015
The girls send a cry for help…the situation of these girls is distressing.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages
Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 2, 2015
Among whites, the situation is also bad — in some ways, even worse.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Now half-awake, we need all the help we can get in understanding our situation.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
And, he confided, the situation left him “a little depressed” as well.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
December 24, 2014
His own situation was described as happy as it could be in a foreign land.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
You are welcome to all the comfort you can find in your present situation.
But for the knowledge that he was a prisoner, Robert would have enjoyed his present situation.
They had talked afterward so feverishly, as if to forget their situation.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Briefly she outlined the situation to Emma, who had long been her confidante.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- physical placement, esp with regard to the surroundings
- state of affairs; combination of circumstances
- a complex or critical state of affairs in a novel, play, etc
- social or financial status, position, or circumstances
- a position of employment; post
Word Origin and History for situation
early 15c., "place, position, or location," from Middle French situation or directly from Medieval Latin situationem (nominative situatio) "a position, situation," noun of action from past participle stem of situare "to place, locate" (see situate). Meaning "state of affairs" is from 1710; meaning "employment post" is from 1803.
Idioms and Phrases with situation
see no-win situation.