situation

Situation is related to the verb "situate," which means to place. A building might be situated on the top of a hill — that's its position or situation.

You've probably heard the term "sitcom," but may not realize it is short for "situation comedy," or a comedy where the humor is based on a set of quirky circumstances the characters find themselves placed in. A situation can also mean a set of circumstances that you find yourself placed in: holding both halves of a crazy aunt's broken vase could be a sticky situation — perfect for a situation comedy.

Definitions of situation
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n physical position in relation to the surroundings

Synonyms:
site
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active site
the part of an enzyme or antibody where the chemical reaction occurs
close quarters
a situation of being uncomfortably close to someone or something
locus
the specific site of a particular gene on its chromosome
locus of infection
the specific site in the body where an infection originates
restriction site
the specific sites at which a restriction enzyme will cleave DNA
antigenic determinant, determinant, epitope
the site on the surface of an antigen molecule to which an antibody attaches itself
Type of:
place, position
the particular portion of space occupied by something

n the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time

“the present international situation is dangerous”
“"eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt”
Synonyms:
state of affairs
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absurd, the absurd
a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless
acceptance
the state of being acceptable and accepted
ballgame, new ballgame
a particular situation that is radically different from the preceding situation
challenge
a demanding or stimulating situation
childlessness
the condition of being without offspring
complication
a situation or condition that is complex or confused
crowding
a situation in which people or things are crowded together
disequilibrium
loss of equilibrium attributable to an unstable situation in which some forces outweigh others
element
the situation in which you are happiest and most effective
environment
the totality of surrounding conditions
equilibrium
a stable situation in which forces cancel one another
exclusion
the state of being excluded
fish bowl, fishbowl, goldfish bowl
a state of affairs in which you have no privacy
hotbed
a situation that is ideal for rapid development (especially of something bad)
inclusion
the state of being included
intestacy
the situation of being or dying without a legally valid will
picture, scene
a situation treated as an observable object
prison, prison house
a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement
rejection
the state of being rejected
size, size of it
the actual state of affairs
square one
the situation in which you begin an endeavor and to which you return if your efforts fail
status quo
the existing state of affairs
thing
a special situation
congestion, over-crowding
excessive crowding
balance
a state of equilibrium
balance of power
an equilibrium of power between nations
dynamic balance
(aeronautics) the state of equilibrium in which centrifugal forces due to a rotating mass (e.g., a propeller) do not produce force in the shaft and so vibration is reduced
homeostasis
(physiology) metabolic equilibrium actively maintained by several complex biological mechanisms that operate via the autonomic nervous system to offset disrupting changes
isostasy
(geology) a general equilibrium of the forces tending to elevate or depress the earth's crust
Nash equilibrium
(game theory) a stable state of a system that involves several interacting participants in which no participant can gain by a change of strategy as long as all the other participants remain unchanged
poise
a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
thermal equilibrium
a state in which all parts of a system are at the same temperature
imbalance, instability, unbalance
a lack of balance or state of disequilibrium
vogue
a current state of general acceptance and use
acknowledgement, acknowledgment, recognition
the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged
approval, favorable reception, favourable reception
acceptance as satisfactory
acceptation
acceptance as true or valid
content, contentedness
the state of being contented with your situation in life
acquiescence
acceptance without protest
welcome
the state of being welcome
apostasy, defection, renunciation
the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
disfavor, disfavour
the state of being out of favor
censure, exclusion, excommunication
the state of being excommunicated
reprobation
rejection by God; the state of being condemned to eternal misery in Hell
embrace
the state of taking in or encircling
encompassment
including entirely
Coventry, banishment, ostracism
the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent)
debarment
the state of being debarred (excluded from enjoying certain possessions or rights or practices)
circumstance, context, setting
the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
ecology
the environment as it relates to living organisms
background, scope, setting
the state of the environment in which a situation exists
home
an environment offering affection and security
milieu, surroundings
the environmental condition
area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
a particular environment or walk of life
street
the streets of a city viewed as a depressed environment in which there is poverty and crime and prostitution and dereliction
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state
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n a condition or position in which you find yourself

“found herself in a very fortunate situation
Synonyms:
position
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place, shoes
a particular situation
poverty trap
a situation in which an increase in income results in a loss of benefits so that you are no better off
soup
an unfortunate situation
stymie, stymy
a situation in golf where an opponent's ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole
Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time

n a complex or critical or unusual difficulty

“the dangerous situation developed suddenly”
“that's quite a situation
“no human situation is simple”
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Great Depression
the economic crisis beginning with the stock market crash in 1929 and continuing through the 1930s
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conflict of interest
a situation in which a public official's decisions are influenced by the official's personal interests
crisis
an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty
crunch
a critical situation that arises because of a shortage (as a shortage of time or money or resources)
hornet's nest, hornets' nest
a highly contentious or hazardous situation
hot potato
a difficult situation
how-d'ye-do, how-do-you-do
an awkward situation
embroilment, imbroglio
an intricate and confusing interpersonal or political situation
Mexican standoff
a situation in which no one can emerge as a clear winner
incubus, nightmare
a situation resembling a terrifying dream
no-win situation
a situation in which a favorable outcome is impossible; you are bound to lose whatever you do
pass, strait, straits
a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
purgatory
a temporary condition of torment or suffering
swamp
a situation fraught with difficulties and imponderables
ticking bomb, time bomb
a problematic situation that will eventually become dangerous if not addressed
tinderbox
a dangerous state of affairs; a situation that is a potential source of violence
urgency
an urgent situation calling for prompt action
dead end, deadlock, impasse, stalemate, standstill
a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
quicksand
a treacherous situation that tends to entrap and destroy
Dunkirk
a crisis in which a desperate effort is the only alternative to defeat
exigency
a pressing or urgent situation
critical point, crossroads, juncture
a crisis situation or point in time when a critical decision must be made
desperate straits, dire straits
a state of extreme distress
depression, economic crisis, slump
a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment
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difficulty
a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome

n a job in an organization

Synonyms:
berth, billet, office, place, position, post, spot
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academicianship
the position of member of an honorary academy
accountantship
the position of accountant
admiralty
the office of admiral
ambassadorship
the post of ambassador
apostleship
the position of apostle
apprenticeship
the position of apprentice
associateship
the position of associate (as in an office or academy)
attorneyship
the position of attorney
bailiffship
the office of bailiff
baronetage
the state of a baronet
bishopry, episcopate
the office and dignity of a bishop
cadetship
the position of cadet
caliphate
the office of a caliph
captaincy, captainship
the post of captain
cardinalship
the office of cardinal
chairmanship
the position of chairman
chancellorship
the office of chancellor
chaplaincy, chaplainship
the position of chaplain
chieftaincy, chieftainship
the position of chieftain
clerkship
the job of clerk
commandership, commandery
the position or office of commander
comptrollership
the position of comptroller
consulship
the post of consul
controllership
the position of controller
councillorship, councilorship
the position of council member
counsellorship, counselorship
the position of counselor
curacy
the position of a curate
curatorship
the position of curator
custodianship
the position of custodian
deanery, deanship
the position or office of a dean
directorship
the position of a director of a business concern
discipleship
the position of disciple
editorship
the position of editor
eldership
the office of elder
emirate
the office of an emir
fatherhood
the status of a father
fatherhood
the status of a religious leader
foremanship
the position of foreman
generalcy, generalship
the office and authority of a general
governorship
the office of governor
headship
the position of head
headship
the position of headmaster or headmistress
hot seat
a difficult position where you are subjected to stress and criticism
incumbency
the office of an incumbent
inspectorship
the office of inspector
instructorship
the position of instructor
internship
the position of a medical intern
judgeship, judicature
the position of judge
khanate
the position of a khan
lectureship
the post of lecturer
legateship, legation
the post or office of legate
legislatorship
the office of legislator
librarianship
the position of librarian
lieutenancy
the position of a lieutenant
magistracy, magistrature
the position of magistrate
managership
the position of manager
manhood
the status of being a man
marshalship
the post of marshall
mastership
the position of master
mayoralty
the position of mayor
messiahship
the position of messiah
moderatorship
the position of moderator
overlordship
the position of overlord
pastorate, pastorship
the position of pastor
peasanthood
the state of being a peasant
plum
a highly desirable position or assignment
praetorship
the office of praetor
precentorship
the position of precentor
preceptorship
the position of preceptor
prefecture
the office of prefect
prelacy, prelature
the office or station of a prelate
premiership
the office of premier
presidency, presidentship
the office and function of president
primateship
the office of primate
principalship
the post of principal
priorship
the office of prior
proconsulate, proconsulship
the position of proconsul
proctorship
the position of proctor
chair, professorship
the position of professor
protectorship
the position of protector
public office
a position concerning the people as a whole
rabbinate
the office or function of a rabbi
receivership
the office of a receiver
rectorate, rectorship
the office or station of a rector
regency
the office of a regent
residency
the position of physician who is receiving special training in a hospital (usually after completing an internship)
rulership
the position of ruler
sainthood
the status and dignity of a saint
secretaryship
the position of secretary
feudal lordship, seigneury, seigniory
the position and authority of a feudal lord
senatorship
the office of senator
sinecure
an office that involves minimal duties
solicitorship
the position of solicitor
speakership
the position of Speaker
stewardship
the position of steward
studentship
the position of student
teachership
the position of teacher
thaneship
the position of thane
throne
the position and power of an exalted person (a sovereign or bishop) who is entitled to sit in a chair of state on ceremonial occasions
treasurership
the position of treasurer
tribuneship
the position of tribune
trusteeship
the position of trustee
vice-presidency
the office and function of a vice president
viceroyship
the position of viceroy
viziership
the position of vizier
wardenship
the position of warden
wardership
the position of warder
womanhood
the status of a woman
headmastership
the position of headmaster
headmistressship
the position of headmistress
Chief Executive, President, President of the United States
the office of the United States head of state
bully pulpit
a public office of sufficiently high rank that it provides the holder with an opportunity to speak out and be listened to on any matter
Attorney General, Attorney General of the United States
the position of the head of the Justice Department and the chief law enforcement officer of the United States
Agriculture Secretary, Secretary of Agriculture
the position of the head of the Department of Agriculture
Commerce Secretary, Secretary of Commerce
the position of the head of the Department of Commerce
Defense Secretary, Secretary of Defense
the position of the head of the Department of Defense
Education Secretary, Secretary of Education
the position of the head of the Education Department
Energy Secretary, Secretary of Energy
the position of the head of the Department of Energy
Secretary of Health and Human Services
the position of the head of the Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
the position of the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Labor Secretary, Secretary of Labor
the position of the head of the Department of Labor
Secretary of State
the position of the head of the State Department
Interior Secretary, Secretary of the Interior
the position of the head of the Department of the Interior
Secretary of the Treasury, Treasury Secretary
the position of the head of the Treasury Department
Secretary of Transportation, Transportation Secretary
the position of the head of the Department of Transportation
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
the position of the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary of War, War Secretary
head of a former executive department; combined with the Navy Secretary to form the Defense Secretary in 1947
Navy Secretary, Secretary of the Navy
head of a former executive department; combined with the War Secretary to form the Defense Secretary in 1947
Secretary of Commerce and Labor
head of a former executive department created in 1903 and divided into two departments in 1913
Secretary of Health Education and Welfare
head of a former executive department created in 1953 and divided into two departments in 1979
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business, job, line, line of work, occupation
the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

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