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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.

Etymologies

Modelled on dilemma, replacing di-, two with tri-, three (Wiktionary)

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