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a difficult or unpleasant situation
  • How to Memorize
    • predicament - difficulty
  • Analysis

    A ‘predicament’ is a tough and complex situation that you find very difficult to get out of, or in which you have to make a hard choice. People in such circumstances often seek help and advice from others. It is a formal word that is more commonly used in a professional context.

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  • Example(s)
    1. The company is banking on attracting new investors to get them out of their current financial predicament.

    2. It’s a bit of a difficult predicament for me. Do I uproot my family and take the job abroad for extra money, or stay where I am for less, but where the children are happy and settled?

    3. I had nowhere to stay when my landlord kicked me out of the apartment, but my friend helped me out of my predicament by letting me sleep on her couch until I found a new place.