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perplexity

[per-plek-si-tee] /pərˈplɛk sɪ ti/
noun, plural perplexities.
1.
the state of being perplexed; confusion; uncertainty.
2.
something that perplexes:
a case plagued with perplexities.
3.
a tangled, involved, or confused condition or situation.
Origin of perplexity
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English perplexite < Old French < Late Latin perplexitās, equivalent to Latin perplex(us) (see perplexed) + -itās -ity
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  • People were sick, and died, and their perplexity was at an end.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
  • "Precisely that," answered the man, laughing at my perplexity.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • She stood there, with the keys on her forefinger, the picture of perplexity and concern.

    The Guinea Stamp Annie S. Swan
  • "But I thought you said it was good news," Theodora said, in some perplexity.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • Maria stared at him, an expression of perplexity coming into her face.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • Finally, in his perplexity, he determined to leave the matter to his confessor.

    The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Saint Ignatius Loyola
British Dictionary definitions for perplexity

perplexity

/pəˈplɛksɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state of being perplexed
2.
the state of being intricate or complicated
3.
something that perplexes
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Word Origin and History for perplexity
n.

c.1300, "bewilderment," from Old French perplexite "confusion, perplexity," from Late Latin perplexitatem (nominative perplexitas), from Latin perplexus "confused, involved, interwoven," from per- "completely" + plexus "entangled," past participle of plectere "to twine" (see complex (adj.)). From 1590s as "something that causes perplexity."

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perplexity in Technology


The geometric mean of the number of words which may follow any given word for a certain lexicon and grammar.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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