Essential Meaning of conundrum
: a confusing or difficult problem He is faced with the conundrum [=dilemma] of trying to find a job without experience. an ethical conundrum
Full Definition of conundrum
1a : an intricate and difficult problem He is faced with the conundrum of trying to find a job without having experience.
b : a question or problem having only a conjectural answer … the political conundrums involved, particularly the problem of how the richer areas … can be made to subsidize the poorer.— Douglass Cater
2 : a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun (as in "Why didn't the lost hikers starve in the desert? Because of the sand which is there.")
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