Definitions for predicamentprɪˈdɪk ə mənt for 1 ; ˈprɛd ɪ kə- for 2

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•dic•a•ment*prɪˈdɪk ə mənt for 1 ; ˈprɛd ɪ kə- for 2(n.)

  1. an unpleasantly difficult, perplexing, or dangerous situation.

  2. a class or category of logical or philosophical predication.

    Category: Philosphy

* Syn: predicament , plight , dilemma , quandary refer to unpleasant or puzzling situations. predicament and plight stress more the unpleasant nature, dilemma and quandary the puzzling nature, of a situation. predicament , though often used lightly, may also refer to a crucial situation: Stranded in a strange city without money, he was in a predicament.plight , however, though originally meaning peril or danger, is most often used lightly: When her suit wasn't ready at the cleaners, she was in a terrible plight.dilemma means a position of doubt or perplexity in which a person is faced by two equally undesirable alternatives: the dilemma of a person who must support one of two friends in an election.quandary is the state of mental perplexity of one faced with a difficult situation: There seemed to be no way out of the quandary.

Origin of predicament:

1350–1400; ME < LL praedicāmentum something predicated, asserted, der. of praedicāre. See predicate , -ment

pre•dic`a•men′tal-ˈmɛn tl(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. predicament, quandary, plight(noun)

    a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

    "finds himself in a most awkward predicament"; "the woeful plight of homeless people"


  1. predicament(Noun)

    A definite class, state or condition.

  2. predicament(Noun)

    An unfortunate or trying position or condition; a tight spot.

  3. predicament(Noun)

    That which is predicated; a category.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Predicament(noun)

    a class or kind described by any definite marks; hence, condition; particular situation or state; especially, an unfortunate or trying position or condition

  2. Predicament(noun)

    see Category

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an unfortunate or difficult situation.

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