perplexity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French perplexité or post-classical Latin perplexitas ‘entanglement’, from perplexus.

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Noun[edit]

perplexity (plural perplexities)

  1. The state or quality of being perplexed; puzzled or confused.
  2. Something that perplexes.
    • 1942, Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006), page 149:
      The Emperor, who was by then a focus of unresolvable perplexities, stood providing a strongly contrary appearance.
  3. A measurement in information theory: see Perplexity.

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