What Does Situationship Mean in a Text?

Situationship means "Undefined Romantic Relationship."

A situationship is a relationship that is undefined or not clearly defined in terms of commitment, exclusivity, or expectations, but may include romantic or sexual involvement.

Unlike friends with benefits (FWB), which refers to a relationship where two individuals who are friends also engage in sexual activity without being in a romantic relationship, a situationship may involve romantic feelings or expectations, but lack clear commitment or exclusivity and not have a long-term time horizon.

Not everyone who is in a situationship is necesarrily where they want to be romantically. Singer and Tiktoker Savanna Leigh has an entertaining take on situationships:
@savannaleighofficial the girls that get it, get itπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ #fyp #situationship #singersongwriter #independentartist #originalsong ♬ head games - Savanna Leigh

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When I write Situationship, I mean this:

meaning of Situationship

"Undefined Romantic Relationship"

Summary of Key Points

"Undefined Romantic Relationship" is the most common definition for Situationship on online dating sites, such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk, and, as well as on social media sites such as TikTok.
Definition:Undefined Romantic Relationship
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Examples of Situationship in Sentences

Here are examples of situationship being used in conversations:
  • Toni: Are you and Sam getting serious now?
  • Jo: No, it's just a situationship. I'm going home at the end of this semester and Sam's staying here, so there's no point in getting too serious about things.
  • Lee: Can I meet your parents soon.
  • Ali: Oh Lee, we don't need to do all that. You know that this is a situationship for us. Let's not complicate things.

An Academic Look at Situationship

As it is formed by merging two words into one, situationship is a portmanteau word. It is a combination of the words situation and (relation)ship.

Situationship is also a neologism, i.e., a newly coined term or expression that has not yet become widely used or recognized in a particular language or culture. Neologisms are often created to describe a new concept, idea, or phenomenon, and can be:
  • A new meaning for an existing word (e.g., mood, sick).
  • A completely new word (e.g., oversharers).
  • A new combination of existing words (e.g., digital detox, situationship).
Some neologisms are formally accepted into mainstream language (at which point, they cease to be neologisms), and some wither until they can longer be considered everyday terms.

Example of Situationship Used in a Text

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