Definition of Perplexing

1. Adjective. Lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity. "A puzzling statement"

Exact synonyms: Confusing, Puzzling
Similar to: Unclear



Definition of Perplexing

1. a. Embarrassing; puzzling; troublesome.

Definition of Perplexing

1. Adjective. confusing or puzzling ¹

2. Adjective. bewildering ¹

3. Verb. (present participle of perplex) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Perplexing

1. perplex [v] - See also: perplex

Lexicographical Neighbors of Perplexing

perpetuator
perpetuators
perpetude
perpetuities
perpetuity
perphenazine
perphenazines
perplection
perplex
perplexed
perplexedly
perplexedness
perplexer
perplexers
perplexes
perplexing (current term)
perplexingly
perplexingness
perplexion
perplexities
perplexity
perplexiveness
perplexly
perplext
perpotation
perps
perpyne
perpynes
perq
perqs

Literary usage of Perplexing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (1883)
"perplexing LESSONS. AT the end of what seemed a tedious while, I had managed to pack my head full of islands, towns, bars, ' points,' and bends; ..."

2. Lectures on Jurisprudence, Or, The Philosophy of Positive Law: Or, The by John Austin, Robert Campbell (1875)
"A more remarkable and a more perplexing use of the tenu is the following. Things are divided by the Roman Lawyers into corporeal and incorporeal. ..."

3. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini, John Addington Symonds (1889)
"... yet peculiar to the sixteenth century in Italy, render him unique as a guide through the labyrinth of that brilliant but perplexing epoch. XX. ..."

4. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"In 1756 he began to meditate on the perplexing slowness withwhich ice melts, and water is dissipated in boiling. He divined the cause in 1757, ..."

5. History of the United Netherlands: From the Death of William the Silent to by John Lothrop Motley (1861)
"... eloquent Appeals to the Queen — Her perplexing and contradictory Orders — Despair of Wilkes — Leicester announces his Return — TTi« Instructions ..."

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