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quan•da•ry /ˈkwɑndəri, -dri/USA pronunciation
n.[countable], pl. -ries. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- a state of uncertainty, esp. as to what to do:He was in a quandary about marrying.
(kwon′də rē, -drē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -ries.
- a state of perplexity or uncertainty, esp. as to what to do;
- Latin quand(ō) when + -āre infinitive suffix
- perh. fancifully 1570–80
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quandary /ˈkwɒndrɪ -dərɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
Etymology: 16th Century: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Latin quandō when
- a situation or circumstance that presents problems difficult to solve; predicament; dilemma
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