con·flict·ed | \ kən-ˈflik-təd \

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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ambivalent, equivocal



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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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Many parents and teachers also remain conflicted about the system’s expensive initiative to give every student a laptop, and wonder if the system’s move to an all digital curriculum is worth the money. Liz Bowie,, "Candidates running for a seat on Baltimore County's first elected school board," 24 June 2018 Their droopy sense of conflicted excitement is really fitting for that moment in life. Maggie Lange, The Cut, "Some Thoughts on the Tassel Earring," 28 June 2018 Liberals have weaponized the Voting Rights Act and sometimes found support from a conflicted Supreme Court. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Racial Gerrymanders Rebuked," 25 June 2018 The second hour takes up the contemporary story, with grandson Adam, also gay and conflicted and unable to form a relationship more satisfying than anonymous meetings engineered through hook-up apps. Robert Lloyd,, "PBS’ ‘Man in an Orange Shirt’ movingly explores challenges, changes of gay life across the decades," 16 June 2018 His trial and incarceration would captivate the tense, conflicted nation. Erick Trickey, Smithsonian, "When America’s Most Prominent Socialist Was Jailed for Speaking Out Against World War I," 15 June 2018 HBO Dolores, for her part, seems pretty conflicted about New Teddy. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Westworld' Just Brought Back a Major Character We All Thought Was Dead," 28 May 2018 The past is the point, and Dibble creates a remarkably complex portrait of a conflicted, self-admiring, self-loathing, married gay man. Toby Zinman,, "'Fun Home' at the Arden: Quiet brilliance, lovely and profound," 24 May 2018 During the debate, some council members seemed to be having their own conflicted moment about the current effect of tourism on the city. Anne Gisleson, Curbed, "Bywater faces its future," 23 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of conflicted

: having or showing feelings that disagree with one another


con·flict·ed | \ kən-ˈflik-təd \

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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