con·​flict·​ed | \ kən-ˈflik-təd How to pronounce conflicted (audio) \

Definition of conflicted

: experiencing or marked by ambivalence or a conflict especially of emotions this unhappy and conflicted modern woman— John Updike conflicted feelings

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Examples of conflicted in a Sentence

She was still conflicted about her ex-husband's remarriage. I'm conflicted about the prospect of our only child going away to college.
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First Known Use of conflicted

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of conflicted was in 1914

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12 Feb 2021

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“Conflicted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of conflicted

chiefly US : having or showing feelings that disagree with one another


con·​flict·​ed | \ kən-ˈflik-təd How to pronounce conflicted (audio) \

Medical Definition of conflicted

: having or experiencing emotional conflict working women were much more conflicted about working than full-time mothers were about staying homePeople

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