from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A circumstance in which a choice must be made between three options that seem equally undesirable.
- n. A syllogism containing three alternatives that each infer the same conclusion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A syllogism with three conditional propositions, the major premises of which are disjunctively affirmed in the minor. See dilemma.
- n. A state of things in which it is difficult to determine which one of three courses to pursue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In logic, a syllogism with three conditional propositions, the major premises of which are disjunctively affirmed in the minor. See dilemma.
- n. Hence, in general, any choice between three objects.
Perhaps the trilemma is really a single monster where limited access keeps costs high, making us demand (what appears to be) insulation, which helps keep costs high.
The trilemma is that we can have at most two out of three.
The biggest problem in expanding Medicare is essentially solving what economist Greg Mankiw calls the trilemma, the three problems of health care delivery - cost, access and quality.
"trilemma" - touted as his strongest argument - is in fact wrong.
A "trilemma" is like a dilemma, only there are three things to choose from and you can have just two.
Ok, so it's not really a "trilemma"; it is three related, but very different, decisions.
"trilemma" is simply wrong - he can't really be accused of blind adherence to family or community tradition; he was an atheist from his teens until becoming a Christian in young adulthood (which is what made him a much more effective apologist than most, because, unlike most religious people, he understood the mindset of the sceptic and the search for evidence).
"We live in a 'trilemma', and not dilemma, between achieving inclusive growth, depleting resources and deteriorating environmental situation.
These dictators have a trilemma: do they reform, do they quit or do they attempt to crush their people's aspirations for freedom?
At which point Reason puts you back on the horns of the trilemma.