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Word: dilemma

Definition: situation that requires a choice between equally unfavorable options; problem; choice of two unsatisfactory alternatives


Sentences Containing 'dilemma'

"Doctor Who" television writer and script editor Eric Saward suggests in his 1985 novelisation of "The Twin Dilemma" (1984) that Time Lords can control the appearance of their next body if they trigger the regeneration voluntarily, but not if the regeneration is caused by death or injury.
"Higher ethics," such as those, could be used by an individual to solve the "legal" dilemma presented by the superior orders defense.
(2012) • “The Executor’s Dilemma.” "American Book Review."
A reviewer considered it overly sentimental, saying that "Miss Cheavens poses a stark enough dilemma for her hero, but takes care to avoid coming to grips with reality from that point on."
About this time a distressed manager discovered Dean on a curb stone, explained the dilemma to him, took his book away from him, rushed him into the building the back way, and told him to make for the stage and save his country.
According to Bobby, the Kooriers music expressed ""the confusion and frustration of Aborigines and their cultural dilemma which came as a result of westernisation"".
Although the oracle had predicted that he would either kill a king or be killed by one, when faced with the dilemma he commits suicide thus overcoming the power of the stars.
An often quoted letter between Rothmann and Brahe pointed out the whole dilemma of the physics at that time.
As Damon and Colby explain "this was the first time Virginia's values had ever been seriously challenged and she stayed awake all night long worrying about the dilemma".
As opposed to external conflict, in which a character is grappling some force outside of him or herself, the dilemma posed by an internal conflict is usually some ethical or emotional question.
BugCrowd showed that participants will follow the Prisoner's Dilemma to identify bugs for security testing.
Cotton's dilemma was like that of Wheelwright, with the difference between the two men not being in their doctrines, but rather in their personalities.
Ethical dilemma occurs when health communicators have to identify audience segments and plan health interventions for these groups, depriving those not targeted in the process.
For example, Tennessee’s Populist Party was demoralized by a diminishing membership, and puzzled and split by the dilemma of whether to fight the state-level enemy (the Democrats) or the national foe (the Republicans and Wall Street).
For example, the simple "tit for tat" strategy has been shown to be effective in round-robin tournaments of iterated prisoner's dilemma.
He also wrote for the MTV movie awards, the 2011 NASCAR Awards, and the Pilot "Moral Dilemma" for BBC America.
He first collaborated with the Ramones on their 1984 album "Too Tough To Die", where he co-wrote the song "Daytime Dilemma (Dangers of Love)" with Joey Ramone, and from there produced three of the bands albums, "Halfway To Sanity", "Brain Drain" and "¡Adios Amigos!".
He has two means of extricating me from this dilemma, the one by a mysterious escape, managed through bribery; the other by buying off my judges with gold.
He is also the co-author of "The Mis-Education of Black America: Black Education Since "An American Dillemma"" with Walter R. Allen in "An American Dilemma Revisited: Race Relations in A Changing World" (Russell Sage, 1996).
He noted his indifference to Jenna's dilemma as "there's no jeopardy to either choice".
Hence, health experts face another ethical dilemma.
His doctoral dissertation examined "The dilemma of citizen action: representation and bureaucracy in local health politics."
If you will advise me, knowing my feeble powers such as they are, how you think it will be best to exert them in a dilemma so unwonted, you will add another friendly obligation to the many you have already rendered me.
In "Re-Creating Ourselves: African Women and Critical Transformations", she writes brilliantly about the dilemma of writing in her traditional language and men's resistance to gender equality.
In "The Twin Dilemma", the Sixth Doctor attributes old friend and fellow Time Lord Azmael's failure to recognise him to the fact that "I have regenerated twice since our last meeting."
In 1942 he acted on the West End stage in "The Doctor's Dilemma" and in 1942 he made an uncredited film appearance in "Fanny by Gaslight".
In his fiction, he has illuminated the underlying human dilemma of West Bengal—of a talented, emotional people sorely affected by deep-seated religious and political differences.
In late 1776, Carpenter was in a dilemma.
It was a political fable expressing the CCF's view that the Canadian political system was flawed in offering voters a false dilemma: the choice of two parties, neither of which represented their interests.
Lawyers who would like to discuss an ethics dilemma with a member of the Office of the General Counsel staff should contact the Lawyer Helpline at 404-527-8720 or 800-334-6865.
Nuremberg Principle II responds to that dilemma by stating: "The fact that internal law does not impose a penalty for an act which constitutes a crime under international law does not relieve the person who committed the act from responsibility under international law."
Of course, from the chiefs' point of view, the dilemma of an honourable ruler faced with British ultimatums can not have been easy.
Philosophers, that give themselves airs of superior wisdom and sufficiency, have a hard task when they encounter persons of inquisitive dispositions, who push them from every corner to which they retreat, and who are sure at last to bring them to some dangerous dilemma.
Spartan Motors, by then the ⅔ owner of the company, did not see a solution to the market dilemma and felt the projected continued losses would exceed the value to their business plan, voted to end its venture.
Such an "unlawful order" presents a legal dilemma from which there is no legal escape: On one hand, a person who "refuses" such an unlawful order faces the possibility of legal punishment "at the national level" for refusing orders.
The campaign provides at least 8 hours gameplay on the easiest difficulty, and each level presents you with a new threat or dilemma to tackle.
The Fifth Doctor (in "Castrovalva") begins reverting to his previous personalities and the Sixth Doctor experiences extreme paranoia, flying into a murderous rage and nearly killing his companion ("The Twin Dilemma", 1984).
The game designers were faced with the dilemma of how to catalogue superpowers for their use in the games.
The iterated prisoner's dilemma provides an example where players may "punish" each other for failing to cooperate in previous rounds, even if doing so would cause negative consequences for both players.
The tenth level, a flat expanse with two Namegon aliens and one door, illustrates this dilemma.
The town faces a major dilemma as news surfaces that a new highway is scheduled to be built through the woods, which would threaten the well and the peaceful life that the town has enjoyed so far.
This paradox of imagery adds atmosphere to the moral dilemma facing the two lovers: loyalty to family or loyalty to love.
This song did not achieve the commercial success of his hits "Hot in Herre", "Dilemma", and "Air Force Ones", but was still bigger than "Work It"; it topped out at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Throughout the video, scenes of Ross's lover and her dilemma are played.
To resolve this dilemma, several mycologists proposed in a 2005 publication to conserve the name "Psilocybe", with "P. semilanceata" as the type.
To solve this dilemma, he put forward the legal fiction that each chief’s people had tacitly accepted that he could assume the right to sell vacant land not currently being used by the community.
When faced with a dilemma, she will choose the less risky choice, although it may have diminished returns.
``Franz and I have to thank you a thousand times, count,''returned Albert;``you extricated us from a great dilemma, and we were on the point of inventing a very fantastic vehicle when your friendly invitation reached us.''
``Well, it will be given to some one who has done nothing to deserve it,''said Beauchamp;``that is the way the Academy mostly escapes from the dilemma.''
``When, then, the Count of Monte Cristo, hearing of the dilemma in which you are placed, has sent to offer you seats in his carriage and two places at his windows in the Palazzo Rospoli.''

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