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English definition of “situation”


noun [C]    /ˌsɪtʃ·uˈeɪ·ʃən/
a condition or combination of conditions that exist at a particular time: I was in a situation where I didn’t have cash handy.
(Definition of situation noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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