Definition of vacillating in English:

vacillating

adjective

  • Wavering between different opinions or actions; irresolute.

    ‘he was accused of vacillating leadership’
    • ‘He is too timid and vacillating about his own faith to offer an untrammeled affirmation of it.’
    • ‘While the markets are vacillating, this is as a good a time as any to brush up on some of your companies' fundamentals.’
    • ‘I'll just keep going to shows, quietly vacillating between fretting and rocking out.’
    • ‘The screen is split in a trippy, vacillating foursquare divide.’
    • ‘After four years of private tutoring, Anderson's days of vacillating between careers in religion and teaching were over.’
    • ‘Needless to say, the results are wildly uneven, vacillating from a hushed lament to a blistering assault within seconds.’
    • ‘Over the last month, media coverage of the presidential race has been driven by wildly vacillating poll numbers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tony Blair is coyly vacillating on the issue of standing for European Council president.’
    • ‘Power and leadership require an understanding of what Machiavelli called the mob, from the Latin mobile vulgus, meaning vacillating / riotous crowd.’
    • ‘Following the presentation, the three of them spend a number of weeks vacillating over a possible trip.’
    • ‘He said vacillating statements by Pakistani leaders have only confused the situation. Asked’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The hegemony of the antiwar camp would not have survived the pressure of the media, particularly with such a vacillating leadership.’
    • ‘In Hwang's opinion, Cabinet members should have the professional capability to cope with emergencies in today's vacillating political arena.’
    • ‘The colonial period was marked by the vacillating popularity of French influence over Merina elites.’
    • ‘Soviet instability has been exacerbated by a vacillating, indecisive economic policy.’
    • ‘The neighboring paintings, by contrast, were phantasmagorically alive, their fine ribbons of line vacillating between chance and intention.’
    • ‘What really saved him now was the wavering, vacillating character of the enemy.’
    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/