Quandary meaning

kwŏndə-rē, -drē
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The definition of a quandary is a dilemma or a state of uncertainty.

An example of quandary is being presented with two great opportunities and not knowing which to take.

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A state of uncertainty; perplexing situation or position; dilemma.
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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.
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A dilemma, a difficult decision or choice.
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A state of uncertainty or perplexity.
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Origin of quandary

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 16th century. Origin unknown; perhaps a dialectal corruption (simulating a word of Latin origin with suffix -ary) of wandreth (“evil, plight, peril, adversity, difficulty"), from Middle English wandreth, from Old Norse vandræði (“difficulty, trouble"), from vandr (“difficult, requiring pains and care").

    From Wiktionary