- an unpleasantly difficult, perplexing, or dangerous situation.
- a class or category of logical or philosophical predication.
- Archaic. a particular state, condition, or situation.
Origin of predicament
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Examples from the Web for predicament
Mark Reay knows his predicament is very different from theirs.This Fashion World Darling Is Homeless
December 2, 2014
His predicament eventually become something of a cause célèbre, attracting even the attention of the Princess of Wales.The True Story of ‘The Elephant Man’
November 3, 2014
In a way, the roots of this predicament reach back hundreds of years.How Young People Are Destroying Liberty
October 11, 2014
But the line that follows may be key to the predicament Fonthes has found herself in: “Well, most of my family…”Lesbian Brit Kidnapped to Be ‘Cured’ in Congo
August 29, 2014
When he first arrived in 2006, he only knew two or three others in his predicament.A Maple Syrup Mecca for Iran’s Gays
August 10, 2014
He hoped to distract her from such grief over her predicament.Within the Law
Soon she was to learn of Tillie's predicament, and to take up the cudgels valiantly for her.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In this predicament the company turned to the Iowa legislature for protection.The Railroad Question
No one who was not a good sport could have grinned as Rawson did at his own predicament.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
No, never; the witness had never been in such a predicament.The Macdermots of Ballycloran</p>
- a perplexing, embarrassing, or difficult situation
- (ˈprɛdɪkəmənt) logic obsolete one of Aristotle's ten categories of being
- archaic a specific condition, circumstance, state, position, etc
Word Origin and History for predicament
early 15c., "category, class; one of Aristotle's 10 categories," from Medieval Latin predicamentum, from Late Latin praedicamentum "quality, category, something predicted, that which is asserted," from Latin praedicatus, past participle of praedicare (see predicate). Praedicamentum is a loan-translation of Greek kategoria, Aristotle's word. The meaning "unpleasant situation" is first recorded 1580s.