predicament Definition

  • 1a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation
  • 2a situation where it is difficult to know what to do because there are so many choices or problems

Using predicament: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "predicament" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I found myself in a predicament when I lost my wallet and had no money to pay for the taxi.

  • Example

    The company is in a predicament because of the economic downturn.

  • Example

    She was in a predicament because she had to choose between two job offers.

predicament Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for predicament

Phrases with predicament

  • a difficult situation that is caused by one's own actions


    He got himself into a fine predicament by lying to his boss.

  • in a difficult or unpleasant situation


    She found herself in a predicament when her car broke down on the highway.

  • to find a way to solve a difficult situation


    He managed to get out of his predicament by borrowing money from a friend.

Origins of predicament

from Latin 'praedicamentum', meaning 'category'


Summary: predicament in Brief

The term 'predicament' [prih-dik-uh-muhnt] refers to a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation, often with multiple choices or problems. It can be exemplified by 'I found myself in a predicament when I lost my wallet and had no money to pay for the taxi.' 'Predicament' extends into phrases like 'a fine predicament,' denoting a difficult situation caused by one's own actions, and 'get out of a predicament,' implying finding a solution to a difficult situation.

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