po·​si·​tion·​al pə-ˈzi-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce positional (audio)
: of, relating to, or fixed by position
positional astronomy
: involving little movement
positional warfare
: dependent on position or environment or context
the front-articulated \k\ in \kē\ key and the back-articulated \k\ in \kül\ cool are positional variants
positionally adverb

Examples of positional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Part of the experience involves an area in which fans play tiki taka — the famous Barcelona style of play put forward by Pep Guardiola’s teams based on positional possession — and collect points that go towards winning prizes. Vitas Carosella, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Christopher died at age 50 on Oct. 31, 2023, from positional asphyxia – when the position of a body impedes the ability to breathe – due to acute alcohol intoxication, according to a press release from the San Diego County Medical Examiner. Kimi Robinson, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2024 Tight end The dropoff between the primary four positional needs and the secondary four positional needs is a matter of perspective. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 12 Feb. 2024 Even without rolling onto their tummies, infants are at risk of positional asphyxia in inclined sleepers; that's because their heavy heads have a tendency to fall forward due to the steep angle. Christin Perry, Parents, 31 Jan. 2024 The General Hospital alum's cause of death was listed as positional asphyxia due to acute alcohol intoxication, according to a report from the Medical Examiner's Office obtained by TMZ. Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 27 Jan. 2024 Villar died from positional asphyxia caused by being suspended in the vehicle, which had rolled over, the Medical Examiner’s Office said. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2024 Andrews caught passes during special teams drills, worked with the other tight ends during positional drills and participated in individual work. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 12 Jan. 2024 Chapman, because of his power-hitting background, ties to the Bay Area and Bob Melvin, and positional fit, remains a logical target. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 5 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of positional was circa 1560

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“Positional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/positional. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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