- The definition of predicament is a difficult or unpleasant situation.
An example of a predicament is a wife walking into the restaurant where her husband is having lunch with his mistress.
predicament definition by Webster's New World
- a condition or situation, now specif. one that is difficult, unpleasant, embarrassing, or, sometimes, comical
- Archaic category (sense )
Origin: Middle English ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin praedicamentum ; from Classical Latin praedicare: see preach
predicament definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A situation, especially an unpleasant, troublesome, or trying one, from which extrication is difficult. See Usage Note at dilemma.
- Logic One of the basic states or classifications described by Aristotle into which all things can be placed; a category.
Origin: Middle English, class, category, from Old French, from Late Latin praedicāmentum (translation of Greek katēgoriā, from katēgoreuein, to speak against, signify, predicate), from Latin praedicāre, to proclaim publicly, predicate; see preach.
- pre·dicˌa·menˈtal adjective
- pre·dicˌa·menˈtal·ly adverb