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dilemma

 [dĭ-lem´ah]
any difficult or perplexing situation or problem; in bioethics, a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives.

di·lem·ma

(di-lem'ă),
Predicament caused by conflicting, difficult, or otherwise unsatisfactory choices.
[G. conflict of choices, fr. di-, two, dual + lēmma, proposition]
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Noe, "A Veto Came played by baboons: a challenge to the use of the Prisoner's Dilemna as a paradigm for reciprocity and cooperation," Animal Behaviour 39 (1990), pp.
See Rita Gunn & Candice Minch, Sexual Assault: The Dilemna of Disclosure, The Question of Conviction 101 (1988) (detailing the liberalization of Canada's sexual assault legislation).
The political game of hide and seek is confounding the dilemna of the newly emerged democracy.
He is currently working on a second novel which deals with the dilemna of the Hispanic immigrant in the United States.
1987, "The Social Insurance-Deterrence Dilemna of Modern North American Tort Law: A Canadian Perspective on the Liability Insurance Crisis", San Diego Law Review, 929-1002.
A second dilemna may arise with youngsters, women, and men with physical problems that limit bow-drawing ability.
The other horn of the dilemna was to suppose that something other than a thermal radiator was contributing and thereby complicating the cosmological evidence.
Katie's in a dilemna, because she wants to date but is concerned where it could lead to from there," an unidentified source was quoted as saying by the entertainment site.
1997) The Innovator's Dilemna, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press).