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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
Consider the following dilemna. The former head of a Chinese prison is visiting the United States for his daughter's wedding.
(83.) 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.
One manager more accurately summarized the clearance "dilemna" when he noted, "Like the stock market, we are run by a mix of greed and fear.
"One-third of the nation's landfills will be full by 1993," said an EPA draft report "The Solid Waste Dilemna: An Agenda For Action." Ten years ago there were 20,000 landfills nationwide, according to a report by Midwest Plastic Materials, Stoughton, WI.
J., 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).