Buridan's ass

noun Bu·ri·dan's ass \ ˈbyu̇rədᵊnz- , -dənz- \

Definition of Buridan's ass

:a hypothetical dilemma in which a person is postulated as presented with two equally attractive and attainable alternatives and therefore loses freedom of choice

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Origin and Etymology of buridan's ass

after Jean Buridan †about 1358 French philosopher, who is reputed to have posed the problem


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