Definition of vacillating in English:

vacillating

adjective

  • Wavering between different opinions or actions; irresolute:

    ‘he was accused of vacillating leadership’
    • ‘Hsu and DPP Councilor Wang Shih-chien said the altered words showed the government had attempted to downplay the scandal and was vacillating in its handling of the matter.’
    • ‘Following the presentation, the three of them spend a number of weeks vacillating over a possible trip.’
    • ‘I'll just keep going to shows, quietly vacillating between fretting and rocking out.’
    • ‘The colonial period was marked by the vacillating popularity of French influence over Merina elites.’
    • ‘In Hwang's opinion, Cabinet members should have the professional capability to cope with emergencies in today's vacillating political arena.’
    • ‘He said vacillating statements by Pakistani leaders have only confused the situation. Asked’
    • ‘Tony Blair is coyly vacillating on the issue of standing for European Council president.’
    • ‘Soviet instability has been exacerbated by a vacillating, indecisive economic policy.’
    • ‘He is too timid and vacillating about his own faith to offer an untrammeled affirmation of it.’
    • ‘Pollution, however, is an intrinsically gray issue - and when such questions arise, Rothbard winds up awkwardly vacillating between two unsatisfactory extreme positions.’
    • ‘A massive global pool of vacillating speculative finance has evolved.’
    • ‘Needless to say, the results are wildly uneven, vacillating from a hushed lament to a blistering assault within seconds.’
    • ‘Power and leadership require an understanding of what Machiavelli called the mob, from the Latin mobile vulgus, meaning vacillating / riotous crowd.’
    • ‘What really saved him now was the wavering, vacillating character of the enemy.’
    • ‘While the markets are vacillating, this is as a good a time as any to brush up on some of your companies' fundamentals.’
    • ‘The neighboring paintings, by contrast, were phantasmagorically alive, their fine ribbons of line vacillating between chance and intention.’
    • ‘The hegemony of the antiwar camp would not have survived the pressure of the media, particularly with such a vacillating leadership.’
    • ‘Over the last month, media coverage of the presidential race has been driven by wildly vacillating poll numbers.’
    • ‘After four years of private tutoring, Anderson's days of vacillating between careers in religion and teaching were over.’
    • ‘The screen is split in a trippy, vacillating foursquare divide.’
    irresolute, hesitant, tentative, dithering, wavering, teetering, fluctuating, ambivalent, divided, doubtful, unsure, uncertain, in two minds, undecided, indefinite, unresolved, undetermined
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Pronunciation:

vacillating

/ˈvasɪleɪtɪŋ/