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quan·da·ry

 (kwŏn′də-rē, -drē)
n. pl. quan·da·ries
A state of uncertainty or perplexity. See Synonyms at predicament.

[Origin unknown.]

quandary

(ˈkwɒndrɪ; -dərɪ)
n, pl -ries
a situation or circumstance that presents problems difficult to solve; predicament; dilemma
[C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Latin quandō when]

quan•da•ry

(ˈkwɒn də ri, -dri)

n., pl. -ries.
a state of perplexity or uncertainty, esp. as to what to do; dilemma.
[1570–80; perhaps fancifully < Latin quand(ō) when + -āre infinitive suffix]
syn: See predicament.

quandary

a state of doubt or uncertainty, especially with regard to the choice of alternatives; a dilemma.
See also: Thinking
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quandary - a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying onequandary - a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one; "finds himself in a most awkward predicament"; "the woeful plight of homeless people"
care - a cause for feeling concern; "his major care was the illness of his wife"
difficulty - a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"
box, corner - a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible; "his lying got him into a tight corner"
hot water - a dangerous or distressing predicament; "his views on race got him into political hot water"
2.quandary - state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable optionsquandary - state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
perplexity - trouble or confusion resulting from complexity
double bind - (psychology) an unresolvable dilemma; situation in which a person receives contradictory messages from a person who is very powerful

quandary

noun difficulty, dilemma, predicament, puzzle, uncertainty, embarrassment, plight, strait, impasse, bewilderment, perplexity, delicate situation, cleft stick Young drinkers create a quandary for drinks companies.
Translations
وَرْطَه، حَيْرَه، مأزِق
obtížná situacerozpaky
dilemma
klípa, kreppa
apmulsumsneziņa
pochybnosti
kararsızlık

quandary

[ˈkwɒndərɪ] N (= dilemma) → dilema m; (= difficult situation) → apuro m
to be in a quandaryestar en un dilema
he was in a quandary about whether to acceptestaba en un dilema sobre si aceptar o no
this put him in a quandaryesto lo puso en un dilema
to get sb out of a quandarysacar a algn de un apuro

quandary

[ˈkwɒndəri] n
to be in a quandary → être dans l'embarras

quandary

nVerlegenheit f, → Dilemma nt; what a quandary he was in!was für ein Dilemma!; he was in a quandary as to or about what to doer wusste nicht, was er tun sollte; to put somebody in a quandaryjdn in Verlegenheit or in eine missliche Lage bringen

quandary

[ˈkwɒndrɪ] n to be in a quandary (about sth)essere molto incerto/a (su qc)

quandary

(ˈkwondəri) plural ˈquandaries noun
a state of uncertainty; a situation in which it is difficult to decide what to do.
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