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
So what is to be done about this socioeconomic quandary?
And despite the quandary of measuring success and the relative youth of the organization, others have taken notice of RISE’s efforts.
The weight of his quandary plays out on Cardona's furrowed brow, in his anxious gaze and gestures.
Those of us who don’t live in New York but have to come to the city for work often find ourselves in a quandary.
As the series resumes production, the answer to that first quandary remains to be seen.
No such repository exists, and the quandary for researchers is expected to worsen as more politicians use digital advertising because of its relatively low cost and opportunities for target marketing.
The quandary has been that rechargeable batteries are either built for power or longevity, not both.
The debate stage quandary in the GOP's Alabama Senate race mirrors a similar conundrum the party experienced in 2015, when as many as 17 Republicans were running for the presidency.
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Origin and Etymology of quandary
First Known Use: 1579See Words from the same year
QUANDARY Defined for English Language Learners
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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