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Definitions for predicament
prɪˈdɪk ə mənt for 1 ; ˈprɛd ɪ kə- for 2predica·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. predicament, quandary, plightnoun

    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. predicamentnoun

    A definite class, state or condition.

  2. predicamentnoun

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

  3. predicamentnoun

    That which is predicated; a category.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    1.A class or arrangement of beings or substances ranked according to their natures: called also categorema or category. John Harris

    Etymology: predicament, Fr. prædicamentum, Lat.

    If there were nothing but bodies to be ranked by them in the predicament of place, then that description would be allowed by them as sufficient. Kenelm Digby, on Bodies.

    The offender’s life lies in the mercy
    Of the duke only, ’gainst all other voice;
    In which predicament I say thou stand’st. William Shakespeare.

    I shew the line and the predicament,
    Wherein you range under this subtle king. William Shakespeare.


  1. predicament

    A predicament is a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation that is hard to get out of or resolve. It typically involves a tough decision or dilemma.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Predicamentnoun

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

  2. Predicamentnoun

    see Category

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Predicament

    prē-dik′a-ment, n. (logic) one of the classes or categories which include all predicables: condition: an unfortunate or trying position.—adj. Predicamen′tal. [Low L. predicamentum, something predicated or asserted.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of predicament in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of predicament in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of predicament in a Sentence

  1. George Santayana:

    Life is not a spectacle or a feast it is a predicament.

  2. E. J. Smith, 1907, Captain, RMS Titanic:

    When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful. Of course there have been winter gales, and storms and fog and the like. But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident... or any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort.

  3. Nicolas Martin, www.iatrogenic.org:

    The headline reads, Docs say patients make them prescribe useless antibiotics. This puts a physician in roughly the same predicament as a serial killer. The latter says, Stop me before I kill again, while the former says, Stop me before I prescribe again.

  4. Eric Ulloa:

    We are being placed as actors in a very dangerous predicament, why are we not protecting our own from having to be in a hotel where the Christian owner can say, 'I'm sorry, you and your boyfriend can't lie in the same bed because the Bible tells me that's wrong.'.

  5. Kathleen Clark:

    If he had divested, we wouldn't be in this predicament, but even without divesting, he could put the public first and ensure that government officials minimize their spending at his properties... but he hasn't done that.

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  • مأزقArabic
  • Lage, Kategorie, ZwangslageGerman
  • PredicamentoSpanish
  • situation délicate, situation difficileFrench
  • स्थितिHindi
  • kategória, kutyaszorító, szorult helyzet, baj, kellemetlenségHungarian
  • situazione difficileItalian
  • 窮地Japanese
  • 상태Korean
  • pōraruraruMāori
  • klasseDutch
  • затруднение, затруднительное положение, категорияRussian
  • obehaglig situation, predikamentSwedish
  • இக்கட்டானTamil
  • بدبختیUrdu

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