- A circumstance in which a choice must be made between two alternatives that seem equally undesirable.
- (disputed) A difficult circumstance or problem.
- (logic) A type of syllogism of the form "if A is true then B is true; if C is true then D is true; either A or C is true; therefore either B or D is true".
Etymology: First attested 1523, from dilemmaLate Latin, dilemma, from Ancient (dilémma), "double proposition", from (di) + (lémma), premise, proposition
- French: dilemme
- German: Dilemma
- Spanish: dilema
(trans-top, difficult circumstance)
(trans-top, in logic)
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