noun Date: 15th century 1. a. the way in which something is placed in relation to its surroundings b. site c. archaic locality 2. archaic state of health 3. a. position or place of employment ; post, job b. position in life ; status 4. position with respect to conditions and circumstances <
the military situation remains obscure
5. a. relative position or combination of circumstances at a certain moment b. a critical, trying, or unusual state of affairs ; problem c. a particular or striking complex of affairs at a stage in the action of a narrative or drama

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