Definition of quandary
: a state of perplexity or doubt
Examples of quandary in a Sentence
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
For a sticky philosophical quandary, the questions are pretty simple: am I a clerk charged with selling college degrees or am I involved in a more meaningful experience? Part of me says that no argument is more worthy of my attention. —Lynne Drury Lerych, Newsweek, 9 Apr. 2001
… the inevitable economic quandary that faces a people in the transition from slavery to freedom, and especially those who make that change amid hate and prejudice, lawlessness and ruthless competition. —W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, 1903
The unexpected results of the test have created a quandary for researchers.
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.
Recent Examples of quandary from the Web
Their quandary: finding new industries that create large numbers of decent jobs while protecting the Chesapeake Bay and maintaining the region’s pastoral feel for both tourists and locals.
This is, in extremely broad strokes, the fundamental quandary facing the Democrats as the 2018 midterm elections near.
The Merck Forest and Farmland Center, a nonprofit environmental group in Rupert, Vermont, that supports itself by selling maple syrup, faced a quandary of its own.
A: Normally with wedding quandaries, behavior starts to get so extreme and polarized so as to create caricatures.
The pushback set up an all-too-familiar quandary for Republican leaders: Negotiate with conservatives on a bill that might turn off moderates and fail in the Senate, or abandon the party’s right flank and turn to Democrats for help.
TeamSoloMid’s remaining players refused to go on without Gares, forcing Dinh into a quandary.
Here, in a shot glass, is the current quandary mezcal drinkers face in the United States.
Nonetheless, defunding nuclear weapons and other research programs presented a quandary.
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Origin and Etymology of quandary
First Known Use: 1579
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Definition of quandary for English Language Learners
: a situation in which you are confused about what to do
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Definition of quandary for Students
: a state of doubt or confusion I was in a quandary about what to do.
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