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[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
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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Examples for perplexities
  • Such a world contains contradictions, perplexities, and dangers.
  • Focuses on moral perplexities in biomedical research.
  • The problem is full of perplexities in all directions.
British Dictionary definitions for perplexities

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 perplexities
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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