- Situation is the way something is positioned as compared to its surroundings, or the status of the circumstances, or the combination of circumstances at a specific point in time.
- An example of situation is a house down the street from a big tree.
- An example of situation is having to decide between two jobs.
- An example of situation is the number of people waiting for a table at a restaurant.
situation definition by Webster's New World
- manner in which a thing is situated in relation to its surroundings; location; position
- a place; locality
- position or condition with regard to circumstances
- the combination of circumstances at any given time
- a difficult or critical state of affairs
- any significant combination of circumstances developing in the course of a novel, play, etc.
- Psychol. the objective conditions immediately affecting an individual
- a position of employment
Origin: Late Middle English setuacyon ; from Midieval Latin situatio: see situate
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- situational adjective
situation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a. The way in which something is positioned vis-à-vis its surroundings.b. The place in which something is situated; a location.
- Position or status with regard to conditions and circumstances.
- The combination of circumstances at a given moment; a state of affairs. See Synonyms at state.
- A critical, problematic, or striking set of circumstances.
- A position of employment; a post.
- sitˌu·aˈtion·al adjective
- sitˌu·aˈtion·al·ly adverb
situation - Phrases/Idioms
see no-win situation.