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Nonplus (noun)

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Nónplus. n.s. [non and plus, Latin.] Puzzle; inability to say or do more. A low word.

Let it seem never so strange and impossible, the nonplus of my reason will yield a fairer opportunity to my faith. South.

One or two rules, on which their conclusions depend, in most men have governed all their thoughts: take these from them and they are at a loss, and their understanding is perfectly at a nonplus. Locke.

Such an artist did not begin the matter at a venture, and when put to a nonplus, pause and hesitate which way he should proceed; but he had first in his comprehensive intellect a compleat idea of the whole organical body. Bentley.

Sources: Bentley, Richard (57) · Locke, John (269) · South, Robert (158)

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