predicament - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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/priˈdɪkəmənt/
singularpredicament
pluralpredicaments
  1. a difficult or unpleasant situation that is not easy to get out of

    I understood her predicament, but there was nothing I could do.

    in a predicament:

    If everyone had followed the rules, we would not be in this predicament.