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1. A situation, especially an unpleasant, troublesome, or trying one, from which extrication is difficult.
2. Logic One of the basic states or classifications described by Aristotle into which all things can be placed; a category.

[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.]

pre·dic′a·men′tal (-mĕn′tl) adj.
pre·dic′a·men′tal·ly adv.
Synonyms: predicament, plight1, quandary, jam1, fix, pickle
These nouns refer to a difficult situation that has no readily discernible resolution or way out. A predicament is a problematic situation about which one does not know what to do: "The wrenching predicament for conservation biologists is that endangered species reach the point of no return before their numbers fall to zero" (Cynthia Mills).
A plight is a bad or unfortunate situation: "All he desires is to escape from his plight" (J.R.R. Tolkien).
A quandary is a state of perplexity, especially about what course of action to take: "Having captured our men, we were in a quandary how to keep them" (Theodore Roosevelt).
The words jam and fix are more informal and refer to a predicament from which escape is difficult: "The only way to be certain he will not get into some sort of a jam is to put a chain around his neck and lead him around like a performing bear" (Jack Dempsey)."Here was one murder defendant ... who did not like to joke about the fix he was in" (Robert Traver).
Another informal term, a pickle is a disagreeable, embarrassing, or troublesome predicament: "I could see no way out of the pickle I was in" (Robert Louis Stevenson).
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1. of or relating to a predicament or situation
2. (Logic) (esp in Aristotelian philosophy)of or relating to a category or predicament
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His own vision of reality is confessedly "incarnational, historical, predicamental." In an increasingly pagan and hostile age, Percy doubted the efficacy of a serene Christian humanism.
Vemos en nuestro autor una lucha y una tension titanica, semejante, por cierto, a la rendida por sus contemporaneos por conceptualizar una realidad que se empina por sobre toda perfeccion predicamental y demanda aquel duc in altum que supone la elevacion de la nocion de persona al ambito trascendental, es decir, el pensarla en el orden del acto de ser.
In fact, Francisco Suarez explicitly rejects the view that God's creative causality can be understood either as the divine essence or as a predicamental relation of the created effect to God.
El conocimiento humano se construye y se despliega al menos en dos niveles, el del orden trascendental y el del orden predicamental. El conocimiento que opera en el orden trascendental rige para todos los hombre de todos los tiempos y se basa en los primeros principios y en las formas de oposicion entre los cuatro grandes tipos de significaciones (proposiciones) que Aristoteles sistematiza en el Peri hermeneias y donde taza el cuadrado logico.
Dulles' symbolic approach, which had been developing ever since his late 1950s encounter with Tillich's thought, was an attempt to escape both subjectivism and objectivism by focusing on the dialectical relationship between faith and revelation, both of which "coexist and constitute each other by their mutual union." (31) Dulles continued to appeal to Rahner's understanding of revelation as "simultaneously anthropocentric and theocentric," (32) a view that supported a "dialectical balance" between "transcendental and predicamental revelation." (33) Nevertheless, he put Rahner in his discussion of the "inner experience" and "new awareness or consciousness" models of revelation, (34) even though he did not identify Rahner with either of these models.