noun quan·da·ry \ˈkwän-d(ə-)rē\

: a situation in which you are confused about what to do

plural quan·da·ries

Full Definition of QUANDARY

:  a state of perplexity or doubt

Examples of QUANDARY

  1. The unexpected results of the test have created a quandary for researchers.
  2. <I'm in a quandary about whether I should try to repair my stereo or buy a new one, even though I don't have the money to do either.>
  3. Williams's quandary is not unlike that faced by other urban executives who have had to wrestle with a deeply rooted power structure. The problem is especially acute for African American mayors. They are expected to serve as sentries, protecting their cities' black communities and staving off so-called white encroachment. —Jonetta Rose Barras, Washington Post, 15 June 2003

Origin of QUANDARY

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1579


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