perplexity

[per-plek-si-tee]
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:
1350–1400; Middle English perplexite < Old French < Late Latin perplexitās, equivalent to Latin perplex(us) (see perplexed) + -itās -ity

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perplexity (pəˈplɛksɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the state of being perplexed
2.  the state of being intricate or complicated
3.  something that perplexes

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perplexity
c.1300, from L.L. perplexitas, from L. perplexus "confused, involved," from per- "completely" + plexus "entangled," pp. of plectere "to twine."
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Such a world contains contradictions, perplexities, and dangers.
Focuses on moral perplexities in biomedical research.
The problem is full of perplexities in all directions.
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