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trilemma

Class:

noun

Etymology:

formed on the model of dilemma, from tri- + Greek lēmma assumption
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Trilemma

a difficult choice from three options, each of which is unacceptable or unfavourable. There are two logically equivalent ways in which to express a trilemma: it can be expressed as a choice among three unfavourable options, one of which must be chosen,... (42 of 2544 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Trilemma

Collins Dictionary:

trilemma

a quandary posed by three alternative courses of action | an argument one of the premises of which is the disjunction of three statements from each of ... (26 of 206 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/trilemma

Random House Dictionary:

trilemma

a situation, analogous to a dilemma, in which there are three almost equally undesirable alternatives. | [logic] a form of argument in which three ... (23 of 59 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/trilemma

Wiktionary:

trilemma | trilemmas [plural]

A circumstance in which a choice must be made between three options that seem equally undesirable. | [logic] A syllogism containing three alternatives that each infer the same conclusion. (28 of 29 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/trilemma

Encarta Dictionary:

trilemma | trilemmas [plural]

a situation in which a choice has to be made among three possible courses of action, especially if the options are equally unpleasant (23 of 44 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 561548305​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

trilemma

First use: 17th century

Origin: formed on the model of dilemma, from tri- + Greek lēmma assumption

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/trilemma

Wiktionary:

trilemma | trilemmas [plural]

Origin: Modelled on dilemma, replacing di-, two with tri-, three

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/trilemma

Encarta Dictionary:

trilemma | trilemmas [plural]

First use: Late 17th century

Origin: Blend of tri- + dilemma

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 561548305​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

trilemma

Audio: British English pronunciation of "trilemma"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/trilemma

the Free Dictionary:

trilemma

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "trilemma"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "trilemma"

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