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.
One of the six game-theoretic problems encountered by a party in trying to get reliable acceptance of its position. Also called "paradoxes", dilemmas cause emotion leading to rational debate and a tendency to change positions, stated intentions or the common reference frame so as to eliminate the dilemma in question. If all dilemmas are eliminated, mathematically all parties must agree on a single position and can trust each other to carry it out.
A situation in which a character must choose between two courses of action, both undesirable ( SS 555).
state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
a bind, it's an either/or situation, such that if you opt for the left alternative (the either ) you're in trouble, and if you opt for the right alternative (the or ) you're in trouble
a challenge to you
a difficult choice between two unpleasant or unappealing alternatives, not just any difficulty, problem or predicament
a form of reasoning that presents a choice between two alternatives
a hard choice between two unacceptable alternatives
a perplexing problem that requires a choice between conflicting actions
a perplexing problem that requires a choice between conflicting alternatives
a problematic situation for which there are two or more possible options to resolve it, but where each of the options is considered either equally valid and desirable or equally undesirable
a serious problem for evolutionists that incites fierce controversy among them
a situation in which a person is challenged to choose between
a situation in which a person is challenged to milk thistle
a situation in which we don't know what to choose
a "situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives
a situation that requires one to choose between two alternatives
a situation where you have to make a choice, and none of the options seems any good
A valid deductive form that points out the consequences, whether good or bad, of two inevitable alternatives. Dilemmas come in two varieties: either-or dilemmas and, less common, if-then dilemmas.
A type of conflict in which both choices have some negative connotations. example- "Shouldn't I tell Frankie to run? Somehow the alternatives seemed impossible, I was committed to the Murphy brothers." Peter Meinke "The Ponces"
A situation in which a choice must be made from among different alternatives; a difficult or complex set of circumstances.
A forced choice between courses of action (usually two) which are equally unacceptable. Sometimes people will call any challenging "moral problem" a dilemma, but this is a misleading use of the term. Back to the top of the page
an argument that presents an opponent with a two option forced choice neither of which offers desirable outcomes for the opponent.
a moment or situation in which a character must chose between two different paths of action which are undesirable.
a situation in which a person has to make a choice between equally unsatisfactory alternatives.
a problem involving a difficult choice between two (or more) possibilities back
A situation requiring the choice between equally desirable or undesirable alternatives. Dilemmas are a class of indeterminant problems which defy simple solutions and may require reliance on non-rational forms of design intelligence such as intuition or instinct to avoid deadlock.
A situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or mutually exclusive.
A dilemma is a problem offering two (or more) solutions, neither of which is acceptable. The two options are often described as the horns of a dilemma, neither of which is comfortable.