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Definition of "predicament" []

  • A situation, especially an unpleasant, troublesome, or trying one, from which extrication is difficult. See Usage Note at dilemma. (noun)
  • Logic One of the basic states or classifications described by Aristotle into which all things can be placed; a category. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "predicament" in a sentence
  • "This time the predicament is a different one and knives are being sharpened."
  • "This could have been a great way to give some background metaphor characterization to Emma, but alas, her predicament is never fully explained beyond that; it's only mentioned that she has experienced loss."
  • "At the core of Joanna's predicament is a conflict of values, inherent in the affair itself, not just in its resolution."