noun con·fu·sion \kən-ˈfyü-zhən\

: a situation in which people are uncertain about what to do or are unable to understand something clearly

: the feeling that you have when you do not understand what is happening, what is expected, etc.

: a state or situation in which many things are happening in a way that is not controlled or orderly

Full Definition of CONFUSION

:  an act or instance of confusing <confusion of the issue>
a :  the quality or state of being confused <try to relieve their confusion>
b :  a confused mass or mixture <a confusion of voices>
con·fu·sion·al \-ˈfyüzh-nəl, -ˈfyü-zhə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of CONFUSION

  1. There is still some confusion as to the time of the meeting.
  2. There is a great deal of confusion about how the system works.
  3. the anxieties and confusions of teenage life
  4. He stared in confusion and disbelief.
  5. There was total confusion when the truck hit the restaurant.

First Known Use of CONFUSION

14th century
CONFUSION Defined for Kids


noun con·fu·sion \kən-ˈfyü-zhən\

Definition of CONFUSION for Kids

:  difficulty in understanding or in being able to tell one thing from a similar thing
:  a feeling or state of uncertainty

Word Root of CONFUSION

The Latin word fundere, meaning to pour, and its form fūsus give us the roots fund and fus. Words from the Latin fundere have something to do with pouring. To refund is to pour someone's money back to her or him. Confusion exists when too many things are poured together so that they become uncertain and unclear. A profusion is a great quantity that seems to have been poured forth from a plentiful supply.
Medical Dictionary


noun con·fu·sion \kən-ˈfyü-zhən\

Medical Definition of CONFUSION

:  disturbance of consciousness characterized by inability to engage in orderly thought or by lack of power to distinguish, choose, or act decisively
con·fu·sion·al \-zhnəl, -zhən-əl\ adjective


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