Definitions for dilemmadɪˈlɛm ə
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state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
A circumstance in which a choice must be made between two or more alternatives that seem equally undesirable.
(disputed) A difficult circumstance or problem.
A type of syllogism of the form "if A is true then B is true; if C is true then D is true; either A or C is true; therefore either B or D is true".
Offering to an opponent a choice between two (equally unfavorable) alternatives.
an argument which presents an antagonist with two or more alternatives, but is equally conclusive against him, whichever alternative he chooses
a state of things in which evils or obstacles present themselves on every side, and it is difficult to determine what course to pursue; a vexatious alternative or predicament; a difficult choice or position
Origin: [L. dilemma, Gr. ; di- = di`s- twice + to take. See Lemma.]
A dilemma is a problem offering two possibilities, neither of which is practically acceptable. One in this position has been traditionally described as "being on the horns of a dilemma", neither horn being comfortable. This is sometimes more colorfully described as "Finding oneself impaled upon the horns of a dilemma", referring to the sharp points of a bull's horns, equally uncomfortable. The dilemma is sometimes used as a rhetorical device, in the form "you must accept either A, or B"; here A and B would be propositions each leading to some further conclusion. Applied incorrectly, it constitutes a false dichotomy, a fallacy.
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- dilemma, pulmaFinnish
- dilema, дилемаSerbo-Croatian
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