Definition of vacillation in English:



  • [mass noun] The inability to decide between different opinions or actions; indecision.

    ‘the First Minister's vacillation over the affair’
    • ‘After some vacillation, sister Agatha decides to give them a place to hide.’
    • ‘But behind the scenes there has been vacillation, from politicians and civil servants alike, over costs and funding and location.’
    • ‘Let's have no more vacillation - if the Government can't decide, the people should.’
    • ‘The vacillation between being firm and compassionate pulls apart every policy proposal.’
    • ‘In a way, the organisers were pre-empting any possible vacillation in the minds of children and prevent them from becoming child workers.’
    dithering, indecision, indecisiveness, irresoluteness, uncertainty, unsureness, doubt, wavering, teetering, temporization, hesitation, oscillation, fluctuation, inconstancy
    havering, humming and hawing
    dilly-dallying, shilly-shallying, blowing hot and cold
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