quandary

[ kwon-duh-ree, -dree ]
/ ˈkwɒn də ri, -dri /

noun, plural quan·da·ries.

a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma.

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Origin of quandary

First recorded in 1570–80; perhaps fancifully from Latin quand(ō) “when” + -āre infinitive suffix

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quandary
/ (ˈkwɒndrɪ, -dərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a situation or circumstance that presents problems difficult to solve; predicament; dilemma

Word Origin for quandary

C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Latin quandō when
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