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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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My contention is that it should be reserved for dealing with dilemmatic scenarios.
For example, when researchers can successfully demonstrate that variations of emotional content giving rise to dilemmatic conflict (Greene et al.
This suggests that he is aware of the dilemmatic nature of the traditionally masculinised breadwinner and its engendered work ethic (Bunting, 2005; James, 2007).
In these dilemmatic contexts, they argue, the outcomes of these policy decisions constitute security paradoxes.
There is likely to be a dilemmatic relation between the collective and institutional forms of employee participation at the corporate level such as the OR and the more recent forms of direct participation.
First, although moral problems are inescapable in human life (Gowans 1987), we should nevertheless aim to prevent at least the most dilemmatic kinds (Marcus, 1987; McConnell, 1987).
Cross functionality and innovation in new product development team: The dynamics of the dilemmatic structure and consequences for the management of diversity.
One judge noted the similar dilemmatic choices confronting prison officials trying to afford equal programming options to female inmates, who comprise a smaller percentage of the prison population than men, observing that "[e]quality of one variable forces inequality of the other.
The dilemmatic issue regarding the lack of achievement by African-American children may conceivably be changed if equal and quality educational opportunities are provided through instruction in the classroom (Wright, 1999).
It reflects the ability to both understand and flexibly negotiate the "two-sided" and often dilemmatic aspects of local gender politics "on the spot.
The dilemmatic nature of NZ First's attempts to position themselves in the centre, but without indicating prior to the election a preference for National or Labour are summed up by British Labour politician Aneurin Bevan; "We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road.