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. Gregory Hutchings:

    I still received phone calls and e-mails from parents, it's a no-win situation.

  3. Thomas Vanek:

    Sometimes I think this team's better in a must-win situation, maybe it's good for us to get back on the road.

  4. 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.

  5. Ekin Deligoez:

    She has maneuvered herself into such a 'no win' situation, and in such a situation, Mrs Merkel comes along with the wish for friendship! Erdogan knows that and he is using it.

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