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

Other Words from situational

situationally adverb

Examples of situational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because of that situational hitting gulf, the disturbing run differential between the teams this season ballooned to 59. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2022 The Ducks spent part of their practice at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex Wednesday morning focused on situational play and the first-year coach was not pleased. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2022 In the situational periods this coaching staff emphasizes — third down, two-minute, red zone — work to be situationally sound. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 7 Sep. 2022 Former tight end Landen King has also seen time in the slot, though the 6-foot-5 sophomore is likely more of a situational option there, giving Auburn a bigger threat near the goal line. Tom Green |, al, 2 Sep. 2022 He is expected to start at outside linebacker and play in situational packages as a pass rusher this fall. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 1 Sep. 2022 Lanning also cited situational awareness as an area that the defense has to improve. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2022 Monkeypox virus infection is very serious; however, education, situational awareness, and access to testing, contact tracing and treatment can contain the spread of this disease. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 24 Aug. 2022 This gift, however, also comes with a propensity to over-analyze and weigh out situational outcomes, which is where the aforementioned perfectionism comes from. Emily Newhouse, Allure, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of situational

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Situational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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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 situational (audio) \ adverb

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