Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a job in an organization
  2. (noun, location) physical position in relation to the surroundings
  3. (noun, state) a condition or position in which you find yourself
    found herself in a very fortunate situation
  4. (noun, state) the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time
    wondered how such a state of affairs had come about
    eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation
  5. (noun, state) a complex or critical or unusual difficulty
    that's quite a situation
    no human situation is simple

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Alternate forms of Situation

Derivations: situate

Hyponyms: absurd, academicianship, acceptance, accountantship, active site, admiralty, ambassadorship, antigenic determinant, apostleship, apprenticeship, associateship, attorneyship, bailiffship, ballgame, baronetage, bishopry, cadetship, caliphate, captaincy, captainship, cardinalship, chair, chairmanship, challenge, chancellorship, chaplaincy, chaplainship, chieftaincy, chieftainship, childlessness, clerkship, close quarters, commandership, commandery, complication, comptrollership, conflict of interest, consulship, controllership, councillorship, councilorship, counsellorship, counselorship, crisis, crowding, crunch, curacy, curatorship, custodianship, dead end, deadlock, deanery, deanship, determinant, directorship, discipleship, disequilibrium, editorship, eldership, element, embroilment, emirate, environment, episcopate, epitope, equilibrium, exclusion, fatherhood, feudal lordship, fish bowl, fishbowl, foremanship, generalcy, generalship, goldfish bowl, governorship, headship, hornet's nest, hornets' nest, hot potato, hot seat, hotbed, how-d'ye-do, how-do-you-do, imbroglio, impasse, inclusion, incubus, incumbency, inspectorship, instructorship, internship, intestacy, judgeship, judicature, khanate, lectureship, legateship, legation, legislatorship, librarianship, lieutenancy, locus, locus of infection, magistracy, magistrature, managership, manhood, marshalship, mastership, mayoralty, messiahship, mexican standoff, moderatorship, new ballgame, nightmare, no-win situation, overlordship, pass, pastorate, pastorship, peasanthood, picture, place, plum, poverty trap, praetorship, precentorship, preceptorship, prefecture, prelacy, prelature, premiership, presidency, presidentship, primateship, principalship, priorship, prison, prison house, proconsulate, proconsulship, proctorship, professorship, protectorship, public office, purgatory, quicksand, rabbinate, receivership, rectorate, rectorship, regency, rejection, residency, restriction site, rulership, sainthood, scene, secretaryship, seigneury, seigniory, senatorship, shoes, sinecure, size, size of it, solicitorship, soup, speakership, square one, stalemate, standstill, status quo, stewardship, strait, straits, studentship, stymie, stymy, swamp, teachership, thaneship, the absurd, thing, throne, ticking bomb, time bomb, tinderbox, treasurership, tribuneship, trusteeship, urgency, vice-presidency, viceroyship, viziership, wardenship, wardership, womanhood

Hypernyms: business, condition, difficulty, job, line, line of work, occupation, place, position, state, status

Origin of the word Situation

  1. late 15c., "place, position, or location," from M.L. situationem (nom. situatio), from L.L. situatus, pp. of situare (see situate). Meaning "state of affairs" is from 1750; meaning "employment post" is from 1803. Situation ethics first attested 1955. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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