conflicted

adjective
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Yet another Netflix project, the series gave Key a chance to play a conflicted character. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 18 July 2021 In her favor: Colman’s turn as a middle-aged professor sorting through her conflicted feelings about being a mother is yet another exemplary turn in an exceptional, late-blooming career. Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2022 Did most people see both sides of this marital crisis and feel conflicted, and/or were there times when half the room was on Team Kate and half was on Team Toby, which led to some passionate debates? Dan Snierson, EW.com, 6 Apr. 2022 And which stands with America's conflicted majority? Damon Linker, The Week, 1 Apr. 2022 However, leaders sometimes feel conflicted about welcoming outside perspectives and what that might mean for their authority. Jenn Lofgren, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 While some may get that chance — at least by video — under a tentative settlement reached Thursday that also would force the Sacklers to pay out billions, the families still are coming away feeling empty, conflicted and angry yet again. John Seewer, chicagotribune.com, 4 Mar. 2022 While some may get that chance — at least by video — under a tentative settlement reached Thursday that also would force the Sacklers to pay out billions, the families still are coming away feeling empty, conflicted and angry yet again. courant.com, 4 Mar. 2022 The appeals courts now have to decide whether the conflicts were enough to warrant wiping out the rulings by the conflicted judges. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of conflicted

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conflicted

from past participle of conflict entry 2

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The first known use of conflicted was in 1789

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7 May 2022

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“Conflicted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conflicted. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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conflicted

adjective
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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