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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. perplexing

    Equivocal (Latin equus, equal, and vox, voice, word) denotes that which may equally well be understood in either of two or more ways. Ambiguous (Latin ambi, around, and ago, drive, lead) signifies lacking in distinctness or certainty, obscure or doubtful through indefiniteness of expression. Ambiguous is applied only to spoken or written statements; equivocal has other applications. A statement is ambiguous when it leaves the mind of the reader or hearer to fluctuate between two meanings, which would fit the language equally well; it is equivocal when it would naturally be understood in one way, but is capable of a different interpretation; an equivocal expression is, as a rule, intentionally deceptive, while an ambiguous utterance may be simply the result of a want either of clear thought or of adequate expression. That which is enigmatical must be guessed like a riddle; a statement may be purposely made enigmatical in order to provoke thought and study. That is doubtful which is fairly open to doubt; that is dubious which has become the subject of doubts so grave as scarcely to fall short of condemnation; as, a dubious reputation. Questionable may be used nearly in the sense either of dubious or of doubtful; a questionable statement is one that must be proved before it can be accepted. To say that one's honesty is questionable is a mild way of saying that in the opinion of the speaker he is likely to prove dishonest. Equivocal is sometimes, tho more rarely, used in this sense. A suspicious character gives manifest reason to be suspected; a suspicious temper is inclined to suspect the motives and intentions of others, with or without reason. Compare CLEAR.

    Synonyms:
    ambiguous, doubtful, dubious, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocal, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, obscure, questionable, suspicious, uncertain

    Antonyms:
    certain, clear, distinct, evident, indisputable, indubitable, lucid, manifest, obvious, perspicuous, plain, unambiguous, unequivocal, unquestionable, unquestioned

Princeton's WordNet

  1. confusing, perplexing, puzzlingadjective

    lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity

    "sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement"

    Synonyms:
    puzzling, confusing, enigmatical, enigmatic

    Antonyms:
    clear

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. perplexingadjective

    Synonyms:
    troublesome, puzzling, embarrassing, bewildering, confusing

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. perplexingadjective

    Synonyms:
    bewildering, confusing, carking, mystifying, puzzling

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How to use perplexing in a sentence?

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Convoluted and perplexing as it may seem, I have invariably found the simple people who never went to school, to be smarter, wiser and more knowledgeable than even the college professors. Education is a matter of having or not having opportunities; while the knowledge, smartness and wisdom must begin from within.

  2. Jon Rahm:

    I was so f---ing sure the first time, that is very, very perplexing.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Life is nothing but a perplexing paradox, often amazing us to realize that in failure alone are the seeds of sweet success. So, never give up Hope, and think positively.

  4. Scott Applewhite:

    It is perplexing that [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi refuses to allow any formal investigation into the origins of COVID.

  5. Anil Bhardwaj:

    This is a bit perplexing. The feedback we are getting on the ground is not as positive. SMEs are not getting the orders, there is an improvement in business sentiment, in the environment, but unfortunately there is no movement on the ground.

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