# Situation vs. Dilemma — What's the Difference?

## Compare with Definitions

#### Situation

The combination of circumstances at a given moment; a state of affairs.
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#### Dilemma

A dilemma (Greek: δίλημμα "double proposition") is a problem offering two possibilities, neither of which is unambiguously acceptable or preferable. The possibilities are termed the horns of the dilemma, a clichéd usage, but distinguishing the dilemma from other kinds of predicament as a matter of usage.
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#### Situation

A critical, problematic, or striking set of circumstances
We don't want this minor gaffe to turn into a situation.
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#### Dilemma

A situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or unsatisfactory.
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#### Situation

The way in which something is positioned vis-à-vis its surroundings
The town's situation on the river.
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#### Dilemma

Usage Problem A problem that seems to defy a satisfactory solution.
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#### Situation

Position or status with regard to conditions and circumstances
Their family's situation deteriorated during the recession.
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#### Dilemma

(Logic) An argument that presents two alternatives, each of which has the same consequence.
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#### Situation

A position of employment; a post
Found a nice situation with a software company.
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#### Dilemma

A circumstance in which a choice must be made between two or more alternatives that seem equally undesirable.
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#### Situation

The combination of circumstances at a given moment; a state of affairs.
The United States is in an awkward situation with debt default looming.
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#### Dilemma

A difficult circumstance or problem.
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#### Situation

The way in which something is positioned vis-à-vis its surroundings.
The Botanical Gardens are in a delightful situation on the river bank.
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#### Dilemma

(logic) A type of syllogism of the form "if A is true then B is true; if C is true then D is true; either A or C is true; therefore either B or D is true".
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#### Situation

The place in which something is situated; a location.
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#### Dilemma

(rhetoric) Offering to an opponent a choice between two (equally unfavorable) alternatives.
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#### Situation

Position or status with regard to conditions and circumstances.
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#### Dilemma

An argument which presents an antagonist with two or more alternatives, but is equally conclusive against him, whichever alternative he chooses.
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#### Situation

(UK) A position of employment; a post.
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#### Dilemma

A state of things in which evils or obstacles present themselves on every side, and it is difficult to determine what course to pursue; a vexatious alternative or predicament; a difficult choice or position.
A strong dilemma in a desperate case!To act with infamy, or quit the place.
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#### Situation

A difficult or unpleasant set of circumstances; a problem.
Boss, we've got a situation here…
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#### Dilemma

State of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
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#### Situation

An individual movie theater.
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#### Situation

(slang) An outfit, garment, or look.
She is working some sort of amazing burgundy chiffon situation with gold piping.
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#### Situation

Manner in which an object is placed; location, esp. as related to something else; position; locality site; as, a house in a pleasant situation.
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#### Situation

Position, as regards the conditions and circumstances of the case.
A situation of the greatest ease and tranquillity.
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#### Situation

Relative position; circumstances; temporary state or relation at a moment of action which excites interest, as of persons in a dramatic scene.
There's situation for you! there's an heroic group!
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#### Situation

Permanent position or employment; place; office; as, a situation in a store; a situation under government.
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#### Situation

The general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time;
The present international situation is dangerous
Eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation
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#### Situation

A condition or position in which you find yourself;
The unpleasant situation (or position) of having to choose between two evils
Found herself in a very fortunate situation
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#### Situation

A complex or critical or unusual difficulty;
The dangerous situation developed suddenly
That's quite a situation
No human situation is simple
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#### Situation

Physical position in relation to the surroundings;
The sites are determined by highly specific sequences of nucleotides
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#### Situation

A job in an organization;
He occupied a post in the treasury
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