perplexity[pər plek′sə tē]
- Perplexity is a feeling of being confused.
An example of perplexity is when you are not able to complete a complicated math problem.
- the condition of being perplexed; bewilderment; confusion
- pl. perplexities something that perplexes
- something that is perplexed, or complicated
Origin of perplexityMiddle English perplexite ; from Middle French perplexité ; from Late Latin perplexitas
- The state of being perplexed or puzzled.
- The state of being intricate or complicated: “the perplexity of life in twentieth-century America” (Daniel J. Boorstin).
- Something that perplexes: the perplexities of English pronunciation.
- The state or quality of being perplexed; puzzled or confused.
- Something that perplexes.
- A measurement in information theory: see Perplexity.
From Middle French perplexité or post-classical Latin perplexitas ‘entanglement’, from perplexus.