- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for situation on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for situational
Deep, situational, and emotional jokes based on what is relevant and has a POINT!Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
There is more here, however, than just DC-style situational loyalty.Leon Panetta Is What’s Wrong With D.C.
October 8, 2014
Among Republicans and Democrats, however, situational ethics runs the show.Why We Get the Police State We Deserve—and What We Can Do to Fix That
June 11, 2013
But the predictable rush to the partisan ramparts leads to situational ethics rather than constructive action.NSA Spying Shows Obama’s Machine Out of Control
June 6, 2013
The training, which was paid for by the school, included firearms and situational drills.Missouri, Where Parents Are OK With Armed Teachers
April 15, 2013
What shall we say then—that a mental image is a situational item only when the territory is occupied?Territory in Bird Life
H. Eliot Howard
- 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 situational
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 situational
see no-win situation.