double bind

noun

Definition of double bind

  1. :  a psychological predicament in which a person receives from a single source conflicting messages that allow no appropriate response to be made; broadly :  dilemma 2

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

1956

First Known Use of double bind

1956


DOUBLE BIND Defined for English Language Learners

double bind

noun

Definition of double bind for English Language Learners

  • : a very difficult situation that has no good solution


Medical Dictionary

double bind

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noun dou·ble bind \ˈdəb-əl-ˈbīnd\

Medical Definition of double bind

  1. :  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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