a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives.
any difficult or perplexing situation or problem.
Logic. a form of syllogism in which the major premise is formed of two or more hypothetical 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.”.
I'm pretty new and want to really delve into this game but I have a dilemma.
Sometimes it takes a small, focused company to solve a vexing design dilemma.
So we are still facing the dilemma.
He carried the dilemma of whether to intrude or not to intrude.
The dilemma arises, however, when we attempt to implement these fundamental constitutional principles.
But it also posed a real safety dilemma.
In addition, her dilemma regarding a friendship with her neighbor Ruth is never resolved.
Pious statements, high-sounding resolutions, and dire warnings do not solve our dilemma.
This is a dilemma and it can't be solved.
Working at home presents a different kind of dilemma.
British Dictionary definitions for dilemma
a situation necessitating a choice between two equal, esp equally undesirable, alternatives
a problem that seems incapable of a solution
(logic) a form of argument one of whose premises is the conjunction of two conditional statements and the other of which affirms the disjunction of their antecedents, and whose conclusion is the disjunction of their consequents. Its form is if p then q and if r then s; either p or r so either q or s
on the horns of a dilemma
faced with the choice between two equally unpalatable alternatives
1520s, from L.L. dilemma, from Gk. dilemma "double proposition," a technical term in rhetoric, from di- "two" + lemma "premise, anything received or taken," from root of lambanein "to take" (see analemma). It should be used only of situations where someone is forced to choose between two alternatives, both unfavorable to him. But even logicians disagree on whether certain situations are dilemmas or mere syllogisms.
in syllogistic, or traditional, logic, any one of several forms of inference in which there are two major premises of hypothetical form and a disjunctive ("either . . . or") minor premise. For example:
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