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


noun con·fu·sion \kən-ˈfyü-zhən\   (Medical Dictionary)

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


Next Word in the Dictionary: confutablePrevious Word in the Dictionary: confusio bonorumAll Words Near: confusion
May 23, 2015
debouch Hear it
to emerge or cause to emerge
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears