perplexity


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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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Harthouse's face lengthened in spite of his coolness, and his perplexity increased.
Shut the door!" Jurgis stood for half a minute more, stammering his perplexity through an eighth of an inch of crack; and then, as there was really nothing more to be said, he excused himself and went away.
Curiosity partakes more of erotic perplexity than agapeic astonishment.
He covers rediscovery and perplexity, acceptance and modification, the season of theoretical models, the new models in practice, modernity: new approaches and new settings, and post-modernity: computerization and deconstruction.
Islamabad -- The caretaker government has exerted pressure on the PIA management for induction, on which the administration of national airlines plunged into perplexity.
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov on Friday expressed his perplexity over Russia's position concerning construction of hydroenergy facilities in the neighboring countries during session of the Cabinet, reported Uzmetronom.Islam Karimov said consequences of construction of hydroelectic stations in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan would display in 5-6 years.
Using Hobbes's political works Elements of Law, De Cive and Leviathan and his work on natural philosophy De Corpore, Finn prefers to lead readers into a state of perplexity and force them to respond as he introduces them to both Hobbes and the activities of interpretation and enquiry, describes Hobbes's epistemology in terms of his theories of truth, his metaphysics in terms of the nature of the mind, his moral philosophy in terms of whether his laws of nature are prudential precepts or moral obligations, his political philosophy in terms of appropriate limitations, and his philosophy of religion, in terms of the existence of God.
Mr grateful thanks to an extremely kind gentleman who when I asked for directions not only tried to draw me a map but seeing my perplexity jumped into his car and said 'follow me' when I was trying to find the Birmingham Priory Hospital.
Those Dirty Goddamn #@MM!!!" Elsewhere, finding a puzzled-and forlorn-looking character sitting alone, he heightens the man's perplexity by dotting his aura with question marks and supplying the caption "WHATZIT ALL ABOUT??" The same man or a similar one reappears nearby, having made the famously easy transition from bewilderment to rage: "I'M SO DEEPLY OFFENDED BY THE ACTIONS OF MY FELLOW HUMANS," he says, baring his teeth and exuding waves of rabid energy.
They cover biblical culture, Jewish antiquities, and new forms of sacred history; Iberian polemics, reading of the Qur'an, and the rise of European orientalism; and conversion and perplexity. Among the topics are language as archive: etymologies and the remote history of Spain, textual agnogenesis and the polysemy of the reader: early modern European readings of Qur'anic embryology, assembling Alumbradismo: the evolution of a heretical construct, tropes of expertise and Converso unbelief: Huarte de San Juan's history of medicine, and true painting and the challenge of hypocrisy.
Kasuri also expressed his great perplexity over the confidence of the announced strategy of Indian army chief Of joint action against Pakistan and China; both major nuclear-armed powers of the region.
He addresses what causes perplexity in the dialogues: their form, types of argumentation used, mixture of play and seriousness, and use of fables, myths, stories, irony, and paradox.