Definitions for dilemmadɪˈlɛm ə

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. dilemma, quandary(noun)

    state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options

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  1. dilemma(Noun)

    A circumstance in which a choice must be made between two or more alternatives that seem equally undesirable.

  2. dilemma(Noun)

    (disputed) A difficult circumstance or problem.

  3. dilemma(Noun)

    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".

  4. dilemma(Noun)

    Offering to an opponent a choice between two (equally unfavorable) alternatives.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Dilemma(noun)

    an argument which presents an antagonist with two or more alternatives, but is equally conclusive against him, whichever alternative he chooses

  2. Dilemma(noun)

    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

  3. Origin: [L. dilemma, Gr. ; di- = di`s- twice + to take. See Lemma.]

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  1. Dilemma

    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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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dilemma' in Nouns Frequency: #2434


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