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Definition a situation in which a difficult choice must be made between imperfect alternatives
  • It is an ethical dilemma.
dilemma = a situation in which a difficult choice must be made between imperfect alternatives
  • Perhaps there is a way out of our present dilemma.
  • Time pressure adds to the dilemma.
  • She would have you accept an "either or" proposition that is a false dilemma.
  • The omnivore's dilemma has been around a long time.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • dilemma = a situation in which a difficult choice must be made between imperfect alternatives
  • I understood this dilemma but the law did not, and for a long time, I didn't know what to do.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • The dilemma had me between his horns.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Whatever her thoughts, she put the dilemma into Barbara's hands.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • We throw up our hands at a problem phrased in an abstract way, but have no difficulty at all solving the same problem rephrased as a social dilemma.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • You have me in a horrible dilemma.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • He knew he would find answers to his dilemma.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • Risking Katherine's money in this way, and putting me in such a horribly painful dilemma!
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Major Dilemma If I call Daddy, he'll want me to come home, and who knows what kind of mood he'll be in?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • You have to appreciate the dilemma the Soviets face, a choice between two equally unattractive scenarios.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • But Chris, with his idiosyncratic logic, came up with an elegant solution to this dilemma: He simply got rid of the map.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Here, Master Doctor, in perplexity and doubtful dilemma.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • The troll faced a dilemma — which female to eat first.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • But it is clear that modern medicine has created a serious dilemma.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Her beauty was both a blessing and a curse and presented me with a fascinating dilemma when it came to picking a jury.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Of course, this puts you in a bit of a dilemma, doesn't it?" said Hermione.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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