Definitions for dilemmadɪˈlɛm ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives.
any perplexing situation or problem.
a form of syllogism in which the major premise is formed of two or more conditional propositions and the minor premise is a disjunctive proposition, as “If A, then B; if C then D. Either A or C. Therefore, either B or D.”
* Syn: See predicament.
Origin of dilemma:
1515–25; < LL < Gk dílēmma=di-di -1+lêmma an assumption, premise, der. of lambánein to take
state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a situation in which it is difficult to make a decision
a dilemma over/about which invitation to accept
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
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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Translations for dilemma
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a position or situation giving two choices, neither pleasant
His dilemma was whether to leave the party early so as to get a lift in his friend's car, or to stay and walk eight kilometres home.
- dilemma, verknorsingAfrikaans
- وَرْطَه، مَأْزِقArabic
- dilemaPortuguese (BR)
- das DilemmaGerman
- تنگنا؛ دو راهی ناخوشایندFarsi
- ógöngur, valþröngIcelandic
- dilemma, vanskelig valg, knipeNorwegian
- تنگنا؛ دو راهی ناخوشایندPersian
- داسى يو حالت چه يو سړى مجبوروى ددوو داسې خواوو څخه يوه غوره كړى چه يوه هم ددته پر طبيعت برابره نه وى: مشكل انتخاب (لكه چه وايى يوى خواته پان دى بلى خواته پړانګ دىPashto
- 困境，進退兩難Chinese (Trad.)
- عاجز کرنے والی صورتUrdu
- tình trạng khó xửVietnamese
- 困境，进退两难Chinese (Simp.)
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