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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History and Etymology for Buridan's ass

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

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