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Below you will find the definition of quandary, followed by 34 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
EXAMPLES - Quandary in a Sentence
- It is a quandary of what to do, and it's not easy. (source)
- Here's how reporter Cal Perry describes the "quandary": (source)
- The quandary plays directly into the Taliban's strategy. (source)
- A quandary is a corner of sorts and to get out you need a hand. (source)
- What would you bet that La G. is not in a kind of quandary just now? (source)
- I suppose my quandary is this: James is the one applying for the visa. (source)
- It's the kind of quandary that I suspect filmmakers routinely confront. (source)
- Friday that Toronto faces a "quandary" in imposing costs on industrial firms. (source)
- One can easily appreciate Sestak's quandary, which is to say, the money's hesitation. (source)
- Stephen finds himself in a moral quandary, that is, if he had any morals, it would be a quandary. (source)
- By then, it is impossible to know where the public debate and policy quandary on Afghanistan will stand. (source)
- And so Avery now the quandary is the sole heir of her estate was to go to her son who died five months ago. (source)
- Obama said the "quandary" of a government that routinely spends way more than it takes in must be addressed. (source)
- The problem with some contributors here is that they are trapped in a bit quandary; they hate Labour but love war. (source)
- Mr. Woodward said he has faced this kind of quandary going all the way back to his coverage of Watergate and the CIA. (source)
- He said judges are sometimes in a "quandary" because they're asked to approve plea agreements, but they're not a party to the negotiations. (source)
- As for a boycott of Hawaii, Bentz said he understands the inclination but it poses a "quandary" for a lot of businesses in the tourism industry. (source)
- If the question is "What was the original function of language?" the quandary is the same: language had many functions over hundreds of millennia. (source)
- Steven Peck, president of the nonprofit group Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, acknowledged that Toronto faces a "quandary" in imposing costs on industrial firms. (source)
- That is the quandary facing Tina Poyzer, a 43-year-old disability service manager from London, who last week took off for a short vacation to Iceland with her son. (source)
- The Federal Reserve faces a "quandary" in ending its monetary stimulus programs because doing so may drive up the cost of borrowing for the U.S. government, he said. (source)
- A choice that's a relatively minor problem, such as whether to wear the polka-dot tie or the striped one, is more of a "quandary," a word that used to mean a perplexing problem. (source)
- I'm not entirely sure, but I do think we ought to be suspicious of any argument that businesspeople and (in particular) their representatives in Washington have the answer to this quandary. (source)
- I gather employers get some sort of meta-data out of that kind of quandary, but if you simply want to know what a swath of the public actually thinks about anything, how can it possibly be useful? (source)
- NBA. com's John Schuhmann wrote about the center quandary for Team USA, and explained how the team has played mostly small ball this week, rather than depend on the three centers - McGee, Chandler and Lopez. (source)
- The Massachusetts senator said President Bush has created a "quandary" for the nation by failing to develop a broad coalition to fight the war, to secure Iraq and to let countries that didn't fight participate in rebuilding. (source)
- That isn't an anomaly for Evans; he has been one of the best long ball pass catchers in the N.F.L. for a few years now, but it does lead to Buffalo's quandary, which is that there are only so many vertical throws to go around. (source)
- I find as I get older that the thrown-away thesaurus and dictionary now have to be retrieved, because I have forgotten a lot of what I knew, even basic stuff, like is it "quandary" or "quandry", do you pronounce it kor-allary or corollary? (source)
- If you are interested in the RHG/D then go and visit them, rather than ask lots of people on the internet - some/most of whom either have no idea what they are talking about or else are not particularly interested in helping you out of your 'quandary'. (source)
- The quandary is a familiar one, amid continuing US assertions that Nato member states are not contributing enough to the war effort, while those same countries are red-faced before a public that says their involvement has been too costly in both blood and money. (source)
- At the core of the quandary is the mighty showdown battle between two forces that will decide the issue; the deflation of an L or the inflation of a V. Deflation means we may have had our rally and stocks will now back and fill, possibly rising to the 10,000 mark on the Dow. (source)
- Also she began to suspect, dimly at first, that the girls were in some kind of quandary, but as no one mentioned the cause to her, she felt rather too proud to inquire, besides having a problem of her own on her mind which taxed most of her waking hours, although she too kept her own counsel. (source)
- You can bypass the whole "do I really want to give this person my cell number?" quandary, which is funny, because you won't give our a cell number, but you are all in to spew your weekend debauchery, show random photos, discuss books you read, party with wall to wall instant messages, and toss in other personal stuff you wouldn't tell any of us in person, but feel moved giving us the lowdown online. (source)
- 'quandary' which according to the good woman had resulted in a species of lunacy, Walden followed as he was told, and slowly ascended the broad staircase, one of the finest specimens of Tudor work in all England, with its richly turned balustrades and grotesquely carved headpieces, but as he reached the upper landing, he halted abruptly, seeing through an open door mysterious glimmerings of satins and laces, to which he was entirely unaccustomed. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 34 example sentences provided below is 57.0, which suggests that "quandary" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 22 synonyms for quandary.
Catch-22, bewilderment, bind, clutch, corner, difficulty, dilemma, double trouble, doubt, embarrassment, hang-up, impasse, mire, perplexity, pickle, plight, predicament, puzzle, spot, strait, uncertainty, up a tree
We have 6 antonyms for quandary.
advantage, boon, certainty, good fortune, solution, success
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (kwŏnˈdə-rē, -drē)
View up to 25 definitions of quandary from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A state of uncertainty or perplexity. See Synonyms at predicament.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) 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.
- (noun) A dilemma, a difficult decision or choice.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A state of difficulty or perplexity; doubt; uncertainty.
- (verb-transitive) To bring into a state of uncertainty, perplexity, or difficulty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A state of difficulty or perplexity; a state of uncertainty, hesitation, or puzzlement; a pickle; a predicament.
- (None) To put into a quandary; bring into a state of uncertainty or difficulty.
- (None) To be in a difficulty or uncertainty; hesitate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
- (noun) a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one