A catch-22 is not a situation in which both choices lead to undesirable outcomes. That is called a lose-lose or no-win situation. A catch-22 situation CAN be a lose-lose, but it could also be a win-win or win-lose.

A catch-22 situation is one in which the solution is impossible given the cyclic nature of the premises.

The logic is as follows:

1. If X, then Y and Z
2. If Y, then not Z
3. Not Y or not Z
4. Not Y and Z
5. Therefore, not X.

Many people use this logical terminology as commonplace vernacular while using it incorrectly and not understanding the origin.
1. If a person is excused from flying, that must be because he is both insane and requests an evaluation.
2. If a person is insane (I), he should not realize that he is, and would have no reason to request an evaluation.
3. Since an insane person would not request an evaluation, it follows that all people must either not be insane, or not request an evaluation.
4. Since all people must either not be insane, or not request an evaluation, it follows that no person is both insane and requests an evaluation.
5. Since a person may be excused from flying only if he is both insane and requests an evaluation, but no person can be both insane and request an evaluation, it (therefore) follows that no person can be excused from flying.

This is the logical argument and substituted form of a Catch-22.
by LuxAndUmbra February 28, 2011
NO LICENSE===NO CAR===NO MONEY===YOU DON'T PAY FINES====YOU DON'T GET YOUR LICENSE BACK====NO LICENSE====NO MONEY=======...............and it goes on and on and on.

CATCH 22.
in New Jersey, DUI laws are like catch 22. They suspend your license after DUI and you have to pay around $4000 in fine. " Without license it's hard to make money, go to job, go to school. If you don't make money, how you gonna pay those big fines? So it's like this-----NO LICENSE===NO CAR===NO MONEY===YOU DON'T PAY FINES====YOU DON'T GET YOUR LICENSE BACK====NO LICENSE====NO MONEY=======...............and it goes on and on and on.

CATCH 22.

And New Jersey state doesn't allow Limited driving license for work or school after DUI.
by friend of a victim. March 23, 2010
New Jersey based third wave ska. Awesome.
"Catch 22 is one of the most successful NJ ska punk combos to date."
by AndrewFromSouthJersey November 29, 2004
Heads I win. Tales you loose.
Debugging is twice as hard as writing the program, so if you write the program as cleverly as you can, by definition, you won’t be clever enough to debug it.

~ Brian Kernighan
~ http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~bwk/

(a classic example of catch22)
by wincliff April 26, 2009
The only way to be dismissed from the military is to be crazy and to ask to be dismissed. Catch-22 states that if you ask to be dismissed from the military, you are not crazy. Catch-22 meant so much more than that, it was the excuse used for every insane order that the officers would give to the troops, was used for every justification. The best definition of Catch-22 is what the old women told Yossarian when he returned to Italy to search for Nately's whore. She told him MPs had come into the whorehouse and arrested everyone, and as justification they had used Catch-22. She then said "Catch-22 means they are allowed to do anything that you can't stop them from doing." There are not 21 other catches, Catch-22 is the only catch that is ever needed.
There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind... If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.
by anon November 04, 2004
When 11 men come at you and teabag you all at once. Thus you "catch 22" balls in your mouth. Originated from the literary ignorance of a friend and the twisted perversion of the writer.
"Hey Patrick, want to catch 22?"
"Sure!"
by m0wgli October 15, 2011

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