WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sit•u•a•tion /ˌsɪtʃuˈeɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
  1. condition;
    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;
  4. location or position with reference to what is around:a city in a beautiful situation.

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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