sit·​u·​a·​tion·​al ˌsi-chə-ˈwā-shnəl How to pronounce situational (audio)
: of, relating to, or appropriate to a situation
: of or relating to situation ethics
situationally adverb

Examples of situational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Without it, state and local leaders are flying blind, without the situational awareness to target the response to vulnerable populations, avert hospital system collapse, or safely reopen schools and businesses. Asa Hutchinson, STAT, 6 June 2024 Actual linguistic practices are simply too dynamic, situational, and mixed to generalize about in this way. Ross Perlin, Foreign Affairs, 23 Apr. 2024 The Dodgers of the last few seasons have never been good at situational hitting and manufacturing runs. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2024 For all of its situational ridiculousness, the friendship between Glazer and Jacobson was the beating heart of Broad City. Rachel Brodsky, Rolling Stone, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for situational 

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of situational was in 1867

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Cite this Entry

“Situational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


sit·​u·​a·​tion·​al -shnəl, -shən-ᵊl How to pronounce situational (audio)
: of, relating to, or occurring in a particular set of circumstances
situational impotence
situational hypertension
situationally adverb

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