Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The combination of circumstances at a given moment; a state of affairs. synonym: state.
  • noun A critical, problematic, or striking set of circumstances.
  • noun The way in which something is positioned vis-à-vis its surroundings.
  • noun Position or status with regard to conditions and circumstances.
  • noun A position of employment; a post.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Local position; location.
  • noun The place which a person or thing occupies.
  • noun Position with reference to circumstances; set of relations; condition; state.
  • noun A group of circumstances; a posture of affairs; specifically, in theatrical art, a crisis or critical point in the action of a play.
  • noun A post of employment; a subordinate office; a place in which one works for salary or wages.
  • noun Settlement; occupation
  • noun Synonyms and Site, station, post.
  • noun Case, plight; situation is relation to external objects; state and condition refer to what a person or thing is inwardly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Manner in which an object is placed; location, esp. as related to something else; position; locality site.
  • noun Position, as regards the conditions and circumstances of the case.
  • noun Relative position; circumstances; temporary state or relation at a moment of action which excites interest, as of persons in a dramatic scene.
  • noun Permanent position or employment; place; office.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The way in which something is positioned vis-à-vis its surroundings.
  • noun The place in which something is situated; a location.
  • noun Position or status with regard to conditions and circumstances.
  • noun The combination of circumstances at a given moment; a state of affairs.
  • noun UK A position of employment; a post.
  • noun A difficult or unpleasant set of circumstances; a problem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a condition or position in which you find yourself
  • noun the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time
  • noun a complex or critical or unusual difficulty
  • noun a job in an organization
  • noun physical position in relation to the surroundings

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French situation, from Medieval Latin situatio ("position, situation"), from situare ("to locate, place"), from Latin situs ("a site").

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