Definition of predicament noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//prɪˈdɪkəmənt//
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈdɪkəmənt//
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a difficult or an unpleasant situation, especially one where it is difficult to know what to do synonym quandary the club’s financial predicament I'm in a terrible predicament. Word Originlate Middle English (in Aristotelian logic): from late Latin praedicamentum ‘something predicated’ (rendering Greek katēgoria ‘category’), from Latin praedicare, from prae ‘beforehand’ + dicare ‘make known’. From the sense ‘category’ arose the sense ‘state of being, condition’; hence ‘unpleasant situation’.Extra examples Many young people find themselves in this predicament. Now I really was in a dire predicament. Other companies are in an even worse predicament than ourselves. She was searching for the right words to explain her predicament. When I was your age, I was in a similar predicament. a portrayal of the human predicament the team’s dire financial predicament He explained his predicament to the librarian. They are not to blame for their current predicament.
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