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Mar 6, 2013
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polylemma
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polylemma

PRONUNCIATION:
(pol-ee-LEM-uh)

MEANING:
noun: A choice involving multiple undesirable options.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek poly- (many) + dilemma, from lemma (proposition). Earliest documented use: 1856. Also see trilemma, Hobson's choice, and Buridan's ass.

USAGE:
"Today's 'medical consumers' are confronted not by a mere dilemma but by a polylemma: a vast number of possibilities, each with advantages and assurances, disadvantages, and dangers."
Morton Hunt; A Common-Sense Guide to Health Insurance; The New York Times; May 3, 1987.

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