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[sich-oo-ey-shuh n] /ˌsɪtʃ uˈeɪ ʃən/
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
First recorded in 1480-90, situation is from the Medieval Latin word situātiōn- (stem of situātiō). See situate, -ion
Related forms
situational, adjective
situationally, adverb
1. site. 4. See state. 5. See position. Unabridged
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  • Dangerous must have been your situation, Roger, whatever were your thoughts.

  • "That explains it all, then," I added, beginning to understand the situation.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • But in our situation it was no good because it has rather a low thrust.

    Accidental Death Peter Baily
  • "We might keep this up all night, and not find her," said Captain Cayo, disgusted with the situation.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Perhaps it was because we saw only a part of the situation that our courage rose.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
British Dictionary definitions for situation


physical placement, esp with regard to the surroundings
  1. state of affairs; combination of circumstances
  2. a complex or critical state of affairs in a novel, play, etc
social or financial status, position, or circumstances
a position of employment; post
Derived Forms
situational, adjective
Usage note
Situation is often used in contexts in which it is redundant or imprecise. Typical examples are: the company is in a crisis situation or people in a job situation. In the first example, situation does not add to the meaning and should be omitted. In the second example, it would be clearer and more concise to substitute a phrase such as people at work
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for situation



A bad or suspicious event or happening; a potential crime: We may have a situation here, Bob (Police)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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