- 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
Synonyms for situation
- 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
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.
see no-win situation.