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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Turay is an explosive athlete off the edge who could help the Saints immediately as a situational pass rusher., "New Orleans Saints Mock Draft 3.0: The Saints add 'the next Steve Smith'," 29 Mar. 2018 Hill and Nance were undercut by injury, Hood by disposition, and Clarkson by a lack of situational awareness. Rob Mahoney,, "Months Before LeBron's Free Agency, the Cavaliers Braced for the Worst," 29 June 2018 Just after midnight on June 17, 2017, the destroyer was proceeding across a nautical traffic lane off the coast of Japan, a busy shipping channel in which situational awareness was of paramount importance. Jasmine Khayami And Elizabeth Strassner, USA TODAY, "Collisions reveal a Navy tragically undone by its can-do spirit," 25 June 2018 That said, the situational hitting is a work in progress awe have to work out. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs hoping warmer weather with help starters' control woes," 17 Apr. 2018 Timmy Hernandez Hernandez shined Friday in the aforementioned two-minute drills and during other situational elements, including two touchdown grabs from Luton during red zone work. Danny Moran,, "Jonathan Smith not looking to name starters 'any time soon': Oregon State Beavers spring practice notes," 20 Apr. 2018 The Royals’ situational hitting has been atrocious; their .222 batting average with runners on base ranks 26th among 30 teams. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals mailbag: The bullpen mess, an ineffective offense and what's next for Karns | The Kansas City Star," 19 Apr. 2018 The status of Aldo Sohm, wine director of Le Bernardin and partner of Aldo Sohm Wine Bar in New York, as an alpha or beta is situational. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Are You a Wine Alpha or a Wine Beta?," 8 June 2018 With that outlook comes a situational acceptance of strikeouts. Alex Speier,, "What’s up with all the strikeouts in Major League Baseball?," 12 July 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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