Definitions for quandaryˈkwɒn də ri, -dri

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. predicament, quandary, plight(noun)

    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"

  2. dilemma, quandary(noun)

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


  1. quandary(Noun)

    A state of not knowing what to decide; a state of difficulty or perplexity; a state of uncertainty, hesitation or puzzlement; a pickle; a predicament.

  2. quandary(Noun)

    A dilemma, a difficult decision or choice.

  3. Origin: 16th century. Origin unknown; perhaps a dialectal corruption (simulating a word of Latin origin with suffix -ary) of wandreth, from wandreth, from vandræði, from vandr.\

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quandary(noun)

    a state of difficulty or perplexity; doubt; uncertainty

  2. Quandary(verb)

    to bring into a state of uncertainty, perplexity, or difficulty

  3. Origin: [Prob. fr. OE. wandreth adversity, perplexity, Icel. wandri difficulty, trouble, fr. vandr difficult.]

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John McAfee:

    I personally am still in a quandary about whether to run myself or find someone else for my party, my advisors are pressing me to run.

  2. Edward Meir:

    The problem is how permanent are the cuts, will that supply come back to the market at a later stage if prices recover and are they going to be offset by worsening demand, that's the quandary; the market is very sceptical, and so we could have a prolonged period of prices bumping along the bottom until we get a better handle as to what is going on.

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