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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perplexity definition


The geometric mean of the number of words which may follow any given word for a certain lexicon and grammar.

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Example sentences
But in the four days since astronomers here discovered this new supernova, its
  behavior has caused growing scientific perplexity.
Sonnets that on first reading make prosaic sense can fall into perplexity on
  growing acquaintance.
The early opening of the season enabled the dealers to do a large business
  before the present perplexity arose.
Life coaches offer to help with the perplexity of bigger choices.
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