[ sich-oo-ey-shuhn ]
/ 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.
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Origin of situation
OTHER WORDS FROM situationsit·u·a·tion·al, adjectivesit·u·a·tion·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for situationally
/ (ˌsɪtjʊˈeɪʃən) /
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
Derived forms of situationsituational, 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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Idioms and Phrases with situationally
see no-win situation.
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