double bind

noun

Definition of double bind

: a psychological predicament in which a person receives from a single source conflicting messages that allow no appropriate response to be made; broadly : dilemma 1

Examples of double bind in a Sentence

  1. the double bind faced by every politician: responding to scurrilous charges only gives them unwarranted publicity; not responding to such charges is often interpreted as an admission of guilt

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First Known Use of double bind

1956

double bind Synonyms


DOUBLE BIND Defined for English Language Learners

double bind

Definition of double bind for English Language Learners

  • : a very difficult situation that has no good solution


Medical Dictionary

double bind

noun dou·ble bind \ ˈdəb-əl-ˈbīnd \

medical Definition of double bind

: a psychological predicament in which a person receives from a single source conflicting messages that allow no appropriate response to be made


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