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Definition of "dilemma" []

  • A situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or mutually exclusive. (noun)
  • Usage Problem A problem that seems to defy a satisfactory solution. (noun)
  • Logic An argument that presents two alternatives, each of which has the same consequence. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dilemma" in a sentence
  • "An editor once defined the word "dilemma" for me as "a choice between two undesirable outcomes.""
  • "As I have been taught over and over again, the officer with the dilemma is the one covering the officer pointing the TASER, if the TASER misses then they will be taking the lethal shot."
  • "The object of the dilemma is the famed Guggenheim Museum and what color it should be."