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spoken English49.87%written English50.13% conversational speech11.85%task-oriented speech88.15% imaginative writing27.16%informational writing72.84%
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Situation is sometimes a misspelling of situations.

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Definition of the noun situation

What does situation mean as a name of something?

Situation is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: situations

  1. the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time
    • examples: the present international situation is dangerous | eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of situation: state of affairs
    • more generic word: state = the way something is with respect to its main attributes
    • more specific terms:
      • the absurd / absurd = a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless
      • acceptance = the state of being acceptable and accepted
      • new ballgame / 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
      • goldfish bowl / fish bowl / fishbowl = a state of affairs in which you have no privacy
      • hotbed = a situation that is ideal for rapid development
      • 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 house / prison = a prisonlike situation
      • rejection = the state of being rejected
      • size of it / size = 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
  2. a condition or position in which you find yourself
    • examples: the unpleasant situation (or position) of having to choose between two evils | found herself in a very fortunate situation
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of situation: position
    • more generic words: condition / status = a state at a particular time
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
  3. a complex or critical or unusual difficulty
    • examples: the dangerous situation developed suddenly | that's quite a situation | no human situation is simple
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: difficulty = a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
    • more specific terms:
  4. physical position in relation to the surroundings
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of situation: site
    • more generic words: place / position = the particular portion of space occupied by something
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
  5. a job in an organization


Situation is a musical group.

  • albums: "A New Wave of Joy", "Robot", "Barcelona"


  1. "Situation" is a 1982 single by the British synthpop band, Yazoo. The song was originally released in the UK as the B-side to Yazoo's debut single, "Only You", which went to number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Released as a single in North America, the song peaked at number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, and hit the top 40 in Canada, peaking at number 31. In late summer 1982 it became Yazoo's first song to top the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, remaining at number one on this chart for four weeks. It also crossed over to the Black Singles chart, peaking at number 31.
  2. "Situation" is a Juno-nominated album by Buck 65 released on October 30, 2007.
    • also known as Situation [Instrumentals], Situation (instrumental)
    • genre: Hip hop music
    • released on (7 years ago)
    • award: - Juno Award for Recording Package of the Year nomination for Felix Wittholz
  3. "Situation" is a musical single of Yazoo.
    • also known as Situation Remix
    • released on (24 years ago)
  4. "Situation" a.k.a. "S" is a musical album of Deltaforce 23.
    • released in (33 years ago)
  5. "Situation" is a musical single of Nelan Freeman.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  6. "Situation" is a musical single of Citizen.
    • released in
  7. "Situation" is a composition.
  8. "Situation" is a musical album of Lily Frost.
  9. "Situation" is a composition.


Situation: One of the first times in which Jean-Paul Sartre discussed the concept of Situation was in his 1943 Being and Nothingness, where he famously said that there is freedom only in a situation, and there is a situation only through freedom... There can be a free for-itself only as engaged in a resisting world.

Phrases with Situation

  1. situation comedy
  2. no-win situation
  3. Win-Win Situation

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Situation

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Google previewMachine Learning Proceedings 1994 (2017)

Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference by William W. Cohen

The goal situation is the set of conditions which must be true after the execution of the contingent plan for the rest of the plan to be executable...

If the chosen situation is a later situation, a new completable step is created to replace the old one.

Google previewApplied Cryptography and Network Security (2003)

First International Conference, ACNS 2003. Kunming, China, October 16-19, 2003, Proceedings by Jianying Zhou, Moti Young, Yongfei Han

A situation is a specific point in time relative to a specific agent. Different agents at the same point in time may...

Google previewAssessment and Prediction of Speech Quality in Telecommunications (2000)

by Sebastian Möller

Talking -only tests show a poor correlation to CT results for talker echo and sidetone, because the talking-only situation is an unrealistic one. Therefore, this method is ...

Google previewTheory of Automatic Robot Assembly and Programming (1993)

by B. O. Nnaji

The first situation is a prediction of the precise location of the object being sought, referred to as a location search.

A more common situation is that a part is known to be in a particular space or area, which can subsequently be searched first.

Google previewIf You Are Going To Play "The Game"

The forth situation is the most common and the most discouraging for the student and the instructor. This is the adult who begins playing without proper instruction. They will usually buy golf clubs that are recommended by a friend, go to a ...

Google previewGeometric Fundamentals of Robotics (2004)

by J.M. Selig

The general situation is the following: we consider the space of matrices as a vector space; see section 2.4. These vector spaces carry representations of matrix groups. The aim is to find a matrix in each orbit of the group to represent the orbit.

Google previewSleep Paralysis (2012)

by Michael Beloved

The preferred situation is that when you are about to ...

Google previewYour Spiritual Dictionary (2015)

To Make Your Life Journey Easier by Erishka Fridman-Catt

A life situation is a period of time allocated to a particular experience for the purpose of learning certain lesson. It may be as short or as long as required depending on how deep this lesson is. It may involve other people and/or places, karma ...

Google previewOur Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia

Ethics, Situation • A method of moral analysis which only considers concrete, historical circumstances as relevant factors in moral decision-making and does not acknowledge either the existence, applicability or binding nature of universal ...

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Cultural Studies (2004)

by Chris Barker

Ideal speech situation This is a notion specifically associated with the philosophy ofJürgen Habermas. Working within the tradition of critical theory, Habermas has sought universal grounds for the validation of moral judgement and claims to ...

Google previewDictionary of philosophical terms (1997)

by Elmar Waibl

VORWORT XXII shaped distribution, während conflict- generating/ producing situation zu lesen ist als conflict-generating situation bzw. conflict- producing situation. - Systematische Indikatoren (z.B. epi, log, ant; siehe Liste der ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Cameroon English Usage (2007)

by Jean-Paul Kouega

Chapter Two The Language Situation of Cameroon Cameroon is a multilingual country where hundreds of ancestral languages, a few minor vehicular languages, three major lingua francas and two official languages co-exist. Ancestral ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Developing World (2006)

by Thomas M. Leonard

Situation. Zambia has been inhabited by humans for at least one hundred thousand years. The Bantu peoples, who now make up the bulk of the population , entered the country relatively recently. In 1889, the entrepreneur Cecil Rhodes ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

Somatosensory receptive fields of the arm regions of the SMAp in control versus symptomatic situation. Left: frontal section. The dotted line corresponds to the track (A21–L2) followed by a microe ́lectrode successively lowered in control ...

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Usage statistics about situation

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun situation:

spoken English49.87%written English50.13% conversational speech11.85%task-oriented speech88.15% imaginative writing27.16%informational writing72.84%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun situation:


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Dangerous Situation with American Sign Language

How to prepare for a dangerous situation on campus (with American Sign Language)

Quotes about Situation

It is not the situation that makes the man, but the man who makes the situation. (Frederick W. Robertson)
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Scrabble value of S1I1T1U1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 9-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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