A predicament is a bad, difficult situation. When you're in a predicament, you have a problem, and you don't know how to solve it—so you're sad, mad, worried, frustrated, or confused. You may even be in serious danger.
Let's say, after you borrowed your friend's very expensive violin, you accidentally broke it. You don't have enough money to fix it or replace it. What do you do? You're in a predicament!
Now let's say you're a farmer, and bugs are eating your crops. You use chemicals to kill the bugs, which works... until the chemicals train the bugs to grow stronger, more numerous, and more resistant! What will you do now? How will you get out of this predicament? Will your crops survive?
On the show Parks and Recreation, Ron gets into a predicament. His assistant, April, has accidentally scheduled him to meet with 94 people, individually, in a single day. It isn't even possible! Plus, he's not even prepared for one meeting, much less 94! What an awkward predicament!
In the book The Hunger Games, Katniss is eleven years old, and she and her younger sister are slowly starving to death. They have no money for food. Their mom is crippled by depression, won't get out of bed, and can't take care of them. If Katniss tells anyone about their predicament, the government will take her and her sister away from their mom forever. Katniss is tough, though, and smart. She finds a way out of her predicament.