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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
sit•u•a•tion /ˌsɪtʃuˈeɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. condition;
    case;
    plight:He's in a desperate situation.
  2. the state of affairs;
    combination of circumstances:The international situation is grave.
  3. a position or post of working;
    job.
  4. location or position with reference to what is around:a city in a beautiful situation.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
sit•u•a•tion  (sich′o̅o̅ āshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. manner of being situated;
    location or position with reference to environment:The situation of the house allowed for a beautiful view.
  2. a place or locality.
  3. condition;
    case;
    plight:He is in a desperate situation.
  4. the state of affairs;
    combination of circumstances:The present international situation is dangerous.
  5. a position or post of employment;
    job.
  6. a state of affairs of special or critical significance in the course of a play, novel, etc.
  7. Sociologythe aggregate of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors acting on an individual or group to condition behavioral patterns.
sit′u•ation•al, adj. 
sit′u•ation•al•ly, adv. 
  • Medieval Latin situātiōn- (stem of situātiō). See situate, -ion
  • 1480–90
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged site.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  state. 
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  position. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

situation /ˌsɪtjʊˈeɪʃən/ n
  1. physical placement, esp with regard to the surroundings
  2. state of affairs; combination of circumstances
  3. a complex or critical state of affairs in a novel, play, etc
  4. social or financial status, position, or circumstances
  5. a position of employment; post

ˌsituˈational adj 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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