1. Filled with confusion or bewilderment; puzzled.
2. Full of complications or difficulty; involved.
[Middle English, from perplex, confused, from Old French perplexe, from Latin perplexus : per-, per- + plexus, past participle of plectere, to entwine; see plek- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
per·plexed·ly (-plĕksĭd-lē) adv.
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