Psychology. a situation in which a person is given conflicting cues, especially by a parent, such that to obey one cue is to disobey the other.
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predicament, impasse, mess, puzzle, quandary, difficulty, embarrassment, problem, plight, box, bind, fix, strait, spot, scrape, jam, mire, perplexity, corner, hole
- double bass,
- double bassoon,
- double batten,
- double bed,
- double bill,
- double blind experiment,
- double block,
- double blossom,
- double bogey,
- double boiler
Origin of double bind
An Americanism dating back to 1955–60
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a situation of conflict from which there is no escape; unresolvable dilemma
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