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situation

[ sich-oo-ey-shuhn ]
/ ˌsɪtʃ uˈeɪ ʃən /
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noun
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Origin of situation

First recorded in 1480–90, situation is from the Medieval Latin word situātiōn- (stem of situātiō). See situate, -ion

synonym study for situation

4. See state. 5. See position.

OTHER WORDS FROM situation

sit·u·a·tion·al, adjectivesit·u·a·tion·al·ly, adverb
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How to use situation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for situation

situation
/ (ˌsɪtjʊˈeɪʃən) /

noun
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 of situation

situational, adjective

usage for situation

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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with situation

situation

see no-win situation.

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