perplexity

  • 1 Perplexity — is a measurement in information theory. It is defined as 2 raised to the power of entropy, or more often as 2 raised to the power of cross entropy. The latter definition is commonly used to compare probability models empirically. Perplexity of a… …

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  • 2 Perplexity — Per*plex i*ty, n.; pl. {Perplexities}. [L. perplexitas: cf. F. perplexit[ e].] The quality or state of being perplexed or puzzled; complication; intricacy; entanglement; distraction of mind through doubt or difficulty; embarrassment;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 perplexity — index cloud (suspicion), complication, confusion (ambiguity), dilemma, doubt (indecision), enig …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 perplexity — (n.) c.1300, from L.L. perplexitas, from L. perplexus confused, involved, from per completely + plexus entangled, pp. of plectere to twine (see COMPLEX (Cf. complex) (adj.)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 perplexity — [pər plek′sə tē] n. [ME perplexite < MFr perplexité < LL perplexitas] 1. the condition of being perplexed; bewilderment; confusion 2. pl. perplexities something that perplexes 3. something that is perplexed, or complicated …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 perplexity — UK [pə(r)ˈpleksətɪ] / US [pərˈpleksətɪ] noun Word forms perplexity : singular perplexity plural perplexities 1) [uncountable] a confused feeling that you have because you cannot understand something They stared in perplexity at the map. 2)… …

    English dictionary

  • 7 perplexity — [[t]pə(r)ple̱ksɪti[/t]] perplexities 1) N UNCOUNT Perplexity is a feeling of being confused and frustrated because you do not understand something. He began counting them and then, with growing perplexity, counted them a second time. Syn:… …

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  • 8 perplexity — per|plex|i|ty [ pər pleksəti ] noun 1. ) uncount a confused feeling because you cannot understand something: CONFUSION: They stared in perplexity at the map. 2. ) count usually plural something that makes a subject or situation difficult to… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 perplexity — noun 1) he scratched his head in perplexity Syn: confusion, bewilderment, puzzlement, bafflement, incomprehension, mystification, bemusement; informal bamboozlement, discombobulation 2) the perplexities of international relations Syn: complexity …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 10 perplexity — perplex ► VERB ▪ cause to feel baffled; puzzle greatly. DERIVATIVES perplexity noun (pl. perplexities) . ORIGIN from Latin perplexus entangled …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 perplexity — noun (plural ties) Etymology: Middle English perplexite, from Middle French perplexité, from Late Latin perplexitat , perplexitas, from Latin perplexus Date: 14th century 1. the state of being perplexed ; bewilderment 2. something that perplexes… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 perplexity — /peuhr plek si tee/, n., pl. 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. [1350 1400; ME… …

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  • 13 perplexity — noun /pəˈplɛksɪti,pəɻˈplɛksədi/ a) The state or quality of being perplexed; puzzled or confused. b) Something that perplexes …

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  • 14 perplexity — Synonyms and related words: Chinese puzzle, Gordian knot, amorphousness, baffle, bafflement, baffling problem, befuddlement, bewilderment, bind, bother, botheration, brain twister, catch 22, chaos, cloud, complexity, complexness, complication,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 perplexity — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Uncertainty based on doubt] Syn. bewilderment, confusion, quandary; see doubt 2 , uncertainty 2 . 2. [Difficulty causing uncertainty] Syn. complication, crisis, emergency; see difficulty 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1 …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 perplexity — per|plex|i|ty [pəˈpleksıti US pər ] n plural perplexities 1.) [U] the feeling of being confused or worried by something you cannot understand 2.) [C usually plural] something that is complicated or difficult to understand ▪ moral perplexities …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 perplexity — per plex·i·ty || pÉ™r pleksÉ™tɪ /pÉ™ n. confusion; complication; bafflement …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 perplexity — n. 1. Intricacy, intricateness, complexity, obscurity, hardness, complication, involution, unintelligibility, entanglement. 2. Concern, care, anxiety, solicitude, trouble, embarrassment, distraction, doubt, confusion, bewilderment. 3.… …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 19 perplexity — noun 1 (U) the feeling of being confused or worried by something you cannot understand 2 (countable usually plural) something that is complicated or difficult to understand: moral perplexities …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 perplexity — n 1. bewilderment, bafflement, astonishment; mystification, confoundment, puzzlement, puzzledness, incomprehension; stupefaction, distraction, unhingement, disconcertment, discomfiture, discomposure, embarrassment, chagrin, abashment,… …

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