sit·​u·​a·​tion·​al | \ ˌsi-chə-ˈwā-shnəl How to pronounce situational (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of situational

1 : of, relating to, or appropriate to a situation
2 : of or relating to situation ethics

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Other Words from situational

situationally adverb

Examples of situational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Technologies like driverless cars and apps that require situational awareness could be made more reliable and efficient with the use of deep machine learning and a network of radar and geolocation sensors, among others. Dallas News, 16 July 2021 Road feel is exceptional, and situational visibility rivals that of motorcycles. Joe Michaud, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2021 The drumbeat from Republicans in 2016, and now Democrats in 2020, that the elections were perfect and without problems is clearly made with situational bias and ignores the very reason the argument is being made. Ed Mcbroom, National Review, 7 July 2021 Slugger Miguel Sano has played sparingly in recent weeks as the Twins have clearly looked for more favorable matchups for him as a situational hitter instead of inserting him into the everyday lineup. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Developing coaching skills such as situational leadership will allow leaders to engage team members from all generations with an approach that is most effective for them and applicable in the moment. Christine Dagenais, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Jim Cooper, an engineer at COMSPOC, the space situational awareness company that helped produce this data, says 1 km conjunctions have doubled since 2017, from 2,000 in a month to 4,000. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 3 June 2021 Holland played as a deep safety during his freshman year in college in a variety of situational packages due to older players on the team and transitioned to playing more in the box as a bigger, nickel cornerback as a sophomore. Safid Deen,, 25 May 2021 The Browns also lacked versatility at linebacker, where five players got more than 200 snaps as defensive coordinator Joe Woods went with a situational approach. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of situational

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Situational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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sit·​u·​a·​tion·​al | \ -shnəl, -shən-ᵊl How to pronounce situational (audio) \

Medical Definition of situational

: of, relating to, or occurring in a particular set of circumstances situational impotence situational hypertension

Other Words from situational

situationally \ -​ē How to pronounce situational (audio) \ adverb

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