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[ kwˈɒndəɹi], [ kwˈɒndəɹi], [ k_w_ˈɒ_n_d_ə_ɹ_i]

The word quandary is used to describe a state of uncertainty or perplexity. There are several synonyms that can be used in place of quandary, including dilemma, predicament, impasse, conundrum, and deadlock. Each of these words conveys a similar sense of being caught between two or more difficult choices or situations. Dilemma often suggests a choice between two equally undesirable options, while predicament implies a difficult situation with no clear solution. Impasse suggests an inability to reach agreement or progress, while conundrum often describes a puzzling or confusing situation. Deadlock is typically used to describe a situation where progress is entirely blocked.

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When presented with a quandary, we feel stumped, perplexed, or uncertain. To counteract this, we can consider its antonyms: certainty, solution, and clarity. Certainty represents a complete absence of doubt. Solution conveys an answer to a problem. Clarity signifies a clearness of perception or understanding. By focusing on these antonyms, we can approach a quandary with more confidence and determination. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by indecision or lack of clarity, we can seek out solutions and confidently make decisions. By embracing the antonyms of quandary, we can cultivate a more proactive and positive approach to problem-solving.

Usage examples for Quandary

I found myself in due time, before I realized the importance of underhand attacks, in a quandary which baffled and bewildered me.
"My Attainment of the Pole"
Frederick A. Cook
Never before had the Dale girls found themselves in such a quandary.
"Girls of the Forest"
L. T. Meade
Joseph N. Fordice once was in a serious quandary preparing a deed to two lots in Russellville where livestock entered into the consideration.
Durham, Andrew Everett

Famous quotes with Quandary

  • We are a people in a quandary about the present. We are a people in search of our future. We are a people in search of a national community.
    Barbara Jordan
  • You're confronted with the quandary: do I grind things to a halt? Ideally you would, but I have better things to do than educate people.
    Wentworth Miller
  • “When you get to where I am—” “I’ll never get to where you are. I’ll make better choices.” “Choices! You don’t get choices, you get...situations that you react to—the actual cumulative reacts, with whatever half-ass wiring you’ve got at the time, not some hovering ‘soul.’ You’re a mercury switch—if the spring tilts you to the right degree, you complete a circuit, and if it’s got metal fatigue, it tilts you less, and you don’t. You don’t have free will, sonny.” “Of course I do, of course do, what kind of excuse—” “Bullshit. If—” The older Marrity was panting. “If a scientist could know every last detail of your physiology and life experiences, he could predict with absolute accuracy every ‘choice’ you’d make in any moral quandary.” quandary! To Marrity the sentence sounded as if it had been prepared ahead of time. Not for talking to me, he thought, this old wretch couldn’t have anticipated talking to me—he must have cooked it up for his own solace. “Laplace’s determinist manifesto,” came another man’s languid voice from the background. “it overlooks Heisenberg’s uncertainty.” “Okay,” said the older Marrity furiously, “then it’s probability and statistics that dictate what we’ll do! But it’s not—” “It’s a sin,” said Marrity, breathing deeply himself. To Daphne he projected a vague cluster of images—hugging her, holding her hand—and he was able to have more confidence in his reassurance now. “Said the fourth domino to the twenty-first!” exclaimed the older Marrity, laughing angrily. “‘Ah, wilt Thou with predestination round / Enmesh me and impute my fall to sin?’”
    Tim Powers
  • Is there an inverse relation between knowledge and wisdom? At times it seems the more we know, the less we understand. I am not the first to note this quandary. One scholar recently wrote, “Lysos and her followers chase the siren call of pastoralism, like countless romantics before them, idealizing a past Golden Age that never was, pursuing a serenity possible only in the imagination.”
    David Brin
  • In this large and fierce world of ours, there are many, many unpleasant places to be. You can be in a river swarming with angry electric eels, or in a supermarket filled with vicious long-distance runners. You can be in a hotel that has no room service, or you can be lost in a forest that is slowly filling up with water. You can be in a hornet's nest or in an abandoned airport or the office of a pediatric surgeon, but one of the most unpleasant things that can happen is to find yourself in a quandary. - Lemony Snicket
    Daniel Handler

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