Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • Had I caved into Mike \ "The Situation\" Sorrentino\'s description of what lay ahead when he said, \ "I mean this situation is gonna be indescribable, you can\'t even describe the situation that you\'re about to get into the situation\"?

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  • Any fact of intellect, character, or skill means a tendency to respond in a certain way to a certain situation -- involves a _situation_ or state of affairs influencing the man, a _response_ or state of affairs in the man, and a _connection_ or bond whereby the latter is the result of the former.

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  • ” If James during these acclimatizing years reflected almost constantly upon the “international situation” it was because he stood in that situation himself.

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  • By the term situation I shall refer to the full spatial environment anywhere within which an entering person becomes a member of the gathering that is or does then become present.

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  • In order to stress the full extent of any such unit, I will sometimes employ the term situation at large.

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  • The ultimate win situation is to have the House commit to passing the Senate bill while the Senate commits to fixing its bill through reconciliation.

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  • What's unsettling about the Marvin situation is that you don't know what's going to happen.

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  • Coming into that family she faces a certain situation, and that situation is what I call world politics.

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  • Getting more involved locally, and figuring out what's happening with the label situation here in the States.

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  • Shane, and Cain work out the title situation, he could find himself right in line for a shot at the title again.

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