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perplexity

The geometric mean of the number of words which may follow any given word for a certain lexicon and grammar.
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He gathers courage to pause and look homeward, but is perplexed with a sense of change about the familiar edifice, such as affects us all, when, after a separation of months or years, we again see some hill or lake, or work of art, with which we were friends of old.
Herbert said, "Certainly," but looked as if there were no specific consolation in this, and remained perplexed and dismayed.
Kenneth was perplexed to pronounce of what disorder the master died.
All the bystanders were astounded, and some, more simple than inquiring, began shouting, "A miracle, a miracle!" But Basilio replied, "No miracle, no miracle; only a trick, a trick!" The priest, perplexed and amazed, made haste to examine the wound with both hands, and found that the blade had passed, not through Basilio's flesh and ribs, but through a hollow iron tube full of blood, which he had adroitly fixed at the place, the blood, as was afterwards ascertained, having been so prepared as not to congeal.
He notices every landmark; can retrace his route through the most monotonous plains, or the most perplexed labyrinths of the mountains; no danger nor difficulty can appal him, and he scorns to complain under any privation.
These conflicting questions perplexed and agitated his mind and gave rise to much anxious reflection, for he was a conscientious man that seems ever to have aimed at a faithful discharge of his duties, and to have had the interests of his employers earnestly at heart.
But I was bewildered, perplexed, and unable to arrange my ideas sufficiently to understand the full extent of his proposition.
But I was so perplexed. I hope I have not done wrong.
The company looked at each other with a perplexed interest -- and inquiringly at Huck, who was tongue-tied.
He coloured, seemed perplexed, looked doubtingly, and, after some hesitation, said,--
But still I acknowledge that I am perplexed when I hear the voices of Thrasymachus and myriads of others dinning in my ears; and, on the other hand, I have never yet heard the superiority of justice to injustice maintained by any one in a satisfactory way.
But he was too perplexed with the new thoughts she had put into his head to take advantage of the situation.