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QUANDARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does quandary mean? 

QUANDARY (noun)
  The noun QUANDARY has 2 senses:

1. a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
2. state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options

  Familiarity information: QUANDARY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


QUANDARY (noun)


Sense 1quandary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

plight; predicament; quandary

Context examples:

finds himself in a most awkward predicament / the woeful plight of homeless people

Hypernyms ("quandary" is a kind of...):

difficulty (a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "quandary"):

care (a cause for feeling concern)

box; corner (a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible)

hot water (a dangerous or distressing predicament)


Sense 2quandary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

State of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

dilemma; quandary

Hypernyms ("quandary" is a kind of...):

perplexity (trouble or confusion resulting from complexity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "quandary"):

double bind ((psychology) an unresolvable dilemma; situation in which a person receives contradictory messages from a person who is very powerful)


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