quandary

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noun quan·da·ry \ ˈkwän-d(ə-)rē \

Definition of quandary

plural quandaries
:a state of perplexity or doubt

Examples of quandary in a Sentence

  1. 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 BarrasWashington Post15 June 2003
  2. 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 LerychNewsweek9 Apr. 2001
  3. … 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 BoisThe Souls of Black Folk1903
  4. The unexpected results of the test have created a quandary for researchers.

  5. 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.

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Origin and Etymology of quandary

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QUANDARY Defined for English Language Learners

quandary

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Definition of quandary for English Language Learners

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


QUANDARY Defined for Kids

quandary

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noun quan·da·ry \ ˈkwän-də-rē , -drē \

Definition of quandary for Students

plural quandaries
:a state of doubt or confusion
  • I was in a quandary about what to do.


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