What does no-win situation mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. no-win situation(noun)

    a situation in which a favorable outcome is impossible; you are bound to lose whatever you do


  1. no-win situation(Noun)

    Any situation that is certain to end in failure or in which any favourable outcome is impossible.


  1. No-win situation

    A no-win situation, also called a "lose-lose" situation, is one where a person has choices, but no choice leads to a net gain. For example, if an executioner offers the condemned the choice of dying by being hanged, shot, or poisoned, since all choices lead to death, the condemned is in a no-win situation. This bleak situation gives the chooser little room: whatever choice is made, the person making it will lose their life. Less drastic situations might also be considered no-win situations: if one has a choice for lunch between a ham sandwich and a roast beef sandwich, but is a vegetarian or has a wheat allergy, that might be considered a no-win situation.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of no-win situation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of no-win situation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Joram Mathenge:

    It is a win-win situation.

  2. Indian Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan:

    It's a win-win situation for both partners, qatar has been a good business friend, but we're now moving from the relationship of a buyer and a seller to long term partners.

  3. Huang Libin:

    For us there is overcapacity, but for the countries along the 'One Road One Belt' route, or for other BRIC nations, they don't have enough and if we shift it out, it will be a win-win situation.

  4. Riley Rogers:

    It helps us in regards to bringing our community back, it helps us in terms of safety of the neighbors around these blighted homes. It helps us to make the school area safe. It’s just a win-win situation for us.

  5. Jos Lelieveld:

    It takes more than making the technology available. You have to convenience people to abandon traditional ways of doing things, which is not easy, this can be a win-win situation. Changes on the individual level can have a positive impact, not only on our health but also on climate change.

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