sit·​u·​a·​tion·​al | \ ˌsi-chə-ˈwā-shnəl , -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

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Many triggers of abdominal pain are situational, James Marion, M.D., a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, tells SELF. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "How to Know If Your Abdominal Pain Is Physical or Mental," 16 Feb. 2019 Of course, the answer to this question is completely situational. Megan Stein, Country Living, "So, What Exactly Are the '5 Love Languages'?," 13 Feb. 2019 That showed last Saturday during Oregon's situational scrimmage at Franklin High School in Portland. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "His Dawg days behind him, assistant coach Cort Dennison enjoying 'us mentality' with Oregon Ducks," 12 Apr. 2018 For example, systems originally developed for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) safety—such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) for traffic situational awareness—have migrated into manned aircraft cockpits. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "More than an auto-pilot, AI charts its course in aviation," 5 Dec. 2018 That’s the hard part about space situational awareness. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Space Junk Could Provide a Perfect Hiding Spot for Tiny Spy Satellites," 30 Nov. 2018 In both countries, fire crews fought heroically to contain the fires, but were stretched thin and had difficulty maintaining situational awareness. Costas Synolakis, WSJ, "Lessons From the Paradise Fire," 18 Nov. 2018 Though other headphones, like the Sony 1000X Mark III, can pipe in external audio for situational awareness, the Dimensions do seem to actively mix the external audio with your content in a more effective and pleasing manner. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Dolby Dimension review: headphones for your home," 14 Nov. 2018 This provides the pilot with greater situational awareness in training and combat. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The See-Through Tanks Are Coming," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of situational

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of situational was in 1903

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sit·​u·​a·​tion·​al | \ -shnəl, -shən-ᵊl \

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 \ adverb

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