from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strictly limited choice or division between only two options.
- adj. Of or characterized by a choice or division limited strictly between two options: found ourselves in an either-or situation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Describing a situation in which there are only two choices.
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"Both Catholics and Protestants have allowed themselves to be pushed in to this kind of binary, either-or thinking" on abortion and homosexuality, McLaren told CNN in a telephone interview.
When it comes to meat, I don't think it's about labels, about either-or.
I think we're setting up too much of an either-or situation, either you learn it young, or it's not worth anything.
And, in fact, one of the researchers mentioned that in the popular understanding of poverty, it is often portrayed as an either-or.
“There is no either-or between energy and immigration reform.”
“The conversation was really about timing, not an either-or kind of thing, but timing,” said an aide who was present at the meeting between the two leaders.
This is pretty vexing to all those who have looked in vain for a clear either-or outcome from the euro crisis for the last two years.
Mary concludes it's not either-or since we're in a "Deficits Crisis" because of entitlements that Obama has largely ignored.
The Host pushes back -- it IS either-or when it comes to the House GOP's $61 billion cut in 1/6 of the federal budget for1/2 the year.
But he doesn't view HTML5 and apps written directly for iOS and other operating systems as an "either-or" decision.
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