How to define the word quandary? Wow, this is quite a dilemma. What to do, what to do? Hmmm. Looks like this moment itself is a quandary: a tough situation that will be really hard to resolve.

If you’re uncertain what to do because all of your options seem unpleasant, you’re probably in a quandary. Some voters find themselves in a quandary when they dislike all of the candidates. A more common quandary is when you plan two events at the same time and can’t decide which one to attend. Some synonyms are predicament, dilemma, plight, and pickle — and choosing which word to use is a quandary in itself.

Definitions of quandary

n state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options

double bind
(psychology) an unresolvable dilemma; situation in which a person receives contradictory messages from a person who is very powerful
Type of:
trouble or confusion resulting from complexity

n a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

plight, predicament, quagmire
a cause for feeling concern
box, corner
a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible
hot water
a dangerous or distressing predicament
Type of:
a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome

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