American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A situation, especially an unpleasant, troublesome, or trying one, from which extrication is difficult. See Usage Note at dilemma.
- n. Logic One of the basic states or classifications described by Aristotle into which all things can be placed; a category.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which is predicated; specifically, in the Aristotelian philos., one of the ten categories. See category, 1.
- n. A definite class, state, or condition.
- n. A dangerous or trying situation; an unpleasant position.
- n. Synonyms Position, plight, case.
- n. A definite class, state or condition.
- n. An unfortunate or trying position or condition; a tight spot.
- n. logic That which is predicated; a category.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A class or kind described by any definite marks; hence, condition; particular situation or state; especially, an unfortunate or trying position or condition.
- n. (Logic) See Category.
- n. a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
- From Old French, from Late Latin praedicamentum ("that which is predicated, a predicament, category, Medieval Latin also a preaching, discourse"), from Latin praedicare ("to declare, proclaim, predicate"); see predicate. (Wiktionary)
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
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“The plight of people who have exhausted all 99 weeks of unemployment insurance available in some states -- the "99ers" -- has received some attention from Congress and the media, but mostly their predicament is regarded as an intractable and pitiful part of a bigger problem.”
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“This teenage predicament is not unfamiliar in my memory and I think, based on no evidence at all, that the male takes longer to get to shades of grey.”
“Because the only person Moss has to blame for his current predicament is himself.”
“I generally agree with the recently expressed sentiments that Clinton has run a poor campaign overall, and that her current predicament is a product of faulty assumptions and a fundamental misreading of the political landscape over the last year or more.”
“Even though events play out like they have to (that's the predicatble part), Hector's predicament is still fascinating to roll around in your head.”
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