predicament

noun
pre·​dic·​a·​ment | \ pri-ˈdi-kə-mənt How to pronounce predicament (audio) , sense 1 is usually ˈpre-di-kə-\

Definition of predicament

1 : the character, status, or classification assigned by a predication specifically : category sense 1
2 : condition, state especially : a difficult, perplexing, or trying situation

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Examples of predicament in a Sentence

The captain of archers fidgeted and coughed and rolled his eyes at his men, as if such cupidity and dishonor were an inevitable but minor aspect of the human predicament — Michael Chabon, New York Times Magazine, 6 May 2007 We saw photographs that week of buildings burning, stunned onlookers, dust-covered firemen. Very few pictures conveyed the fact that people just like us, our fellow passengers on the subway, suddenly found themselves in a mortal predicament and many died horribly. — Garrison Keillor, New York Times Book Review, 3 Sept. 2006 The President found himself in the backwash of earlier deals, and the demands of secrecy made his predicament the more vexing. — Taylor Branch, Parting the Waters, 1988 The governor has gotten himself into quite a predicament. I don't know how to get out of the predicament I'm in.
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Shopping 24 Slides Shopping for spring is a unique predicament. Glamour, "24 Spring Wardrobe Essentials You Can Buy on Amazon," 14 Mar. 2019 With these mycelial entity removed from Tilly in last week's episode, Paul Stamets along with newcomer Jet Reno flex their engineering muscles and dream up ideas on how to help Tilly out of her predicament. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 With al-Araibi now free, attention has quickly shifted to who is to blame for his predicament in Thailand. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia," 12 Feb. 2019 Lee’s predicament is a familiar one for elderly celebrities, who often fail to make provisions for their wealth in the event of incapacitation or death, according to legal experts. David Ng, latimes.com, "As Marvel movies soar, Stan Lee sees his private life crumble, with allegations of elder abuse," 29 June 2018 What’s all but certain is that the sailors’ predicament was terrifying, and their demises horrific. Asher Elbein, The Atlantic, "The Terror Is More Than a Chilling Monster Show," 1 May 2018 Their predicament seems to be nobody's jurisdiction. Fox News, "Sex offenders want to be deported but California keeps them," 20 Sep. 2018 But then Gauger pulls over his patrol car and gets out to have a closer look at the critter and its tasty predicament, video shows. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Raccoon trapped in peanut butter jar ‘tried to thank’ cop who came to the rescue, video shows," 28 June 2018 That’s created a predicament for the owners of a 127-year-old railroad bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis that is in danger of being shut down if not replaced soon. Washington Post, "Trump’s own tariffs make it harder to rebuild infrastructure," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of predicament

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for predicament

Middle English, from Late Latin praedicamentum, from praedicare — see predicate entry 2

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predicament

noun

English Language Learners Definition of predicament

: a difficult or unpleasant situation

predicament

noun
pre·​dic·​a·​ment | \ pri-ˈdi-kə-mənt How to pronounce predicament (audio) \

Kids Definition of predicament

: a bad situation

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