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 The department has rolled out a virtual reality training for recruits at the police academy to increase situational awareness and de-escalation. CBS News, "Chicago police reforms reduce use of force, but there's "still a culture of denial and impunity," attorney says," 24 June 2020 This situational awareness goes a long way in keeping you safe on the road. Byron Wilson, Popular Science, "Ride safely with these essential motorcycle tips," 19 June 2020 Is power so situational that when the news cycle finally turns, this newfound power will end? Alain Sylvain, Quartz at Work, "Collective action is our new power language. How will leaders respond?," 19 June 2020 Street medic training teaches lay people and credentialed health professionals the situational awareness needed to provide in a chaotic environment, which is in stark contrast to the calm and staid doctor's office, Mount said. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Street medics brave danger to treat wounded protesters," 5 June 2020 The unmanned aircraft system provides live video feed to ground law enforcement, giving them situational awareness, maximizing public safety, while minimizing the threat to personnel and assets. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Border Patrol flies anti-terrorism drone over Minneapolis protestors," 29 May 2020 Probability is just probability and doesn’t take into account situational factors and those ‘gamers’ who respond in the clutch. Bruce Jenkins,, "Was baseball better 50 years ago? Chronicle readers weigh in," 21 Sep. 2019 In other words: Even when the bad disposition of the enemy tribe is supplemented by situational factors, the buck still stops with the enemy tribe. Robert Wright, WIRED, "Sam Harris and the Myth of Perfectly Rational Thought," 17 May 2018 With that said, some hunters’ mechanics interlock well for situational strategies. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Amazon's Crucible Magicks Gaming Clichés Into Something Fresh," 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of situational

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jun 2020

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“Situational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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 situationally (audio) \ adverb

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