WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sit•u•a•tion /ˌsɪtʃuˈeɪʃən/USA pronunciation
plight:He's in a desperate situation.
- the state of affairs; combination of circumstances:The international situation is grave.
- a position or post of working;
- location or position with reference to what is around:a city in a beautiful situation.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
situation /ˌsɪtjʊˈeɪʃən/ n
ˌsituˈational adj USAGE
- 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
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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