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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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"I began to see that that's the answer to the Church's delimma"--that delimma being the Church's inability, at least in this culture and especially to youth, to evangelize.
The basic aim of this paper is to examine the nature of the relationship (if any) between growth in television and one of the most important economic issues of our time; namely, the federal budget deficit delimma. More precisely, we attempt to address the following question: Has the influence of television on the American public opinion contributed significantly to the recent escalation in the federal budget deficit?
sales manager, who has written one of the first novels with a black-oriented corporate theme, turns the heat up when he places Covington in a delimma soluble only if he knows how to use both black and corporate finesse.
The level and nature of protection for agriculture in Austria poses the same delimma as in the Ec in terms of restricting the ability of eastern European countries to benefit from their comparative advantage, which in some cases lies in agricultural products, through the free-trading system they seek to embrace.
Beginning with Kant, who denied that authentic moral delimmas existed, quickly passing through Mill, the issue has reputedly been seriously engaged only in the twentieth century.
Dodge (1988) Gender Roles and Social Delimmas: Are There Sex Differences in Cooperation and in its Justification?
Between debates over organic produce, factory farms, and who is responsible for the obesity epidemic, it is hard to sit down to a good meal without eventually facing some confounding ethical delimmas. Yet when we step out for dinner, or just a quick cup of coffee, many of us set aside our deepest conviction I've seen card-carrying PETA members cheerfully order milk-fed veal in restaurants, a treat they would never indulge in at home.
Sue Cook sees similar ethical delimmas as she coordinates an ecumenical effort to attract a grocery store to serve an inner-city Muskegon, Mich., neighborhood that has none.