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

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Anti-depressants are overprescribed, often for situational depression that is part of a normal range of human despair. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Twenty Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Marianne Williamson," 1 July 2019 Just enough: Again, the Tigers didn’t do much offensively, but they were rewarded with situational hitting. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers observations: Jones continues to produce; Norris solid," 12 June 2019 The Browns focused on some situational preparation during Thursday’s final practice of minicamp, which Freddie Kitchens ended about 45 minutes early. Scott Patsko,, "Browns minicamp offensive report: Laterals and no-huddle plays rule the day," 6 June 2019 One of the brilliant things about the first Men in Black, in particular, is that the humor and funny set pieces are situational, and have to do with this fish out of water. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tessa Thompson on the 'Men in Black' Line She Declined to Say," 14 June 2019 But the idea of bravery and cowardice, in the world of policing, can be situational. New York Times, "How Much Bravery Do We Demand From the Police?," 5 June 2019 This allows the pilot to maintain situational awareness while continuing to remain focused on flying the aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Take a Seat Inside the Virtual Cockpit of an F-35," 4 June 2019 The Democratic opposition to additional walling is more situational than principled. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "An Immigration Compromise That Just Might Work," 18 Dec. 2018 The sessions address a range of issues, from mental-health conditions like depression and anxiety to situational stress caused by work, life transitions or relationships. Caitlin Flynn, The Seattle Times, "A Seattle program is making mental-health counseling more affordable," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of situational

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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