Yet, perplexingly, in many cases, imposing sanctions is perceived to be sufficient to address a complex problem.
Papa was looking almost as perplexingly young as she, and I made up the little party to the number of the Graces.
That evidence, as it now lies before us, is perplexingly various both in content and quality.
This was all that I could observe of her in the dim light and under the perplexingly strange circumstances of our meeting.
Cecil rounded one of his perplexingly empty sentences and turned on his heel.
Authority is perplexingly subdivided and distributed, and responsibility has to be hunted down in out-of-the-way corners.
Certainly, few people were ever more fortunately, or perplexingly placed, than I am just now.
Nearly all women are perplexingly interesting as human beings.
Mr. Twist had often observed how perplexingly much there is to be said for the opposite sides of a question.
Left to himself, the thoughts of his dependent and equivocal situation rushed painfully and perplexingly into his mind.
late 14c. as an adjective, "perplexed, puzzled, bewildered," from Latin perplexus "involved, confused, intricate;" but Latin had no corresponding verb *perplectere. The Latin compound would be per "through" (see per) + plexus "entangled," past participle of plectere "to twine, braid, fold" (see complex (adj.)).
The form of the English adjective shifted to perplexed by late 15c., probably to conform to other past participle adjectives. The verb is latest attested of the group, in 1590s, evidently a back-formation from the adjective. Related: Perplexing, which well describes the history of the word.