from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A definite class, state or condition.
- n. An unfortunate or trying position or condition; a tight spot.
- n. That which is predicated; a category.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. See Category.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
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)
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)