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.

1480–90; < Medieval Latin situātiōn- (stem of situātiō). See situate, -ion

situational, adjective
situationally, adverb

1. site. 4. See state. 5. See position. Unabridged
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situation (ˌsɪtjʊˈeɪʃən)
1.  physical placement, esp with regard to the surroundings
2.  a.  state of affairs; combination of circumstances
 b.  a complex or critical state of affairs in a novel, play, etc
3.  social or financial status, position, or circumstances
4.  a position of employment; post
usage  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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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "place, position, or location," from M.L. situationem (nom. situatio), from L.L. situatus, pp. of situare (see situate). Meaning "state of affairs" is from 1750; meaning "employment post" is from 1803. Situation ethics first attested 1955.
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Idioms & Phrases


see no-win situation.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
But this situation is not made up-it is a real place.
But you could make the screen larger or smaller, depending on your situation,
  and the frame could be wood instead of steel.
Practically every word spoken, every scene, every situation comes straight from
  the text.
Practically every word is spoken, every scene, every situation comes straight
  from the text.
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