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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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 Nine minutes were spent showing Weber and Brown tearfully figuring out their conflicted feelings for each other during his group date. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "'The Bachelor' recap: Did Jade M. from Mesa make it through Episode 1?," 7 Jan. 2020 But here’s my follow-up question that shows how conflicted this season really is: Does the front office want the Dolphins to win these next three games against the bad Jets, awful Giants and worst-in-the-world Bengals? Dave Hyde,, "Hyde5 Mailbag: Is front office on board with Dolphins winning?," 3 Dec. 2019 Initially, infused by a sense of idealism, Abdullah tried to move the state away from its conflicted past, focussing on economy with tourism as the mainstay. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "Farooq Abdullah once defended India amid global backlash on Kashmir. Now, he has to defend himself," 19 Sep. 2019 Join iwith others who truly understand your conflicted or sad feelings at a Blue Christmas Service held on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m at Dorsey Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Susan Harrison,, "Elkridge: Santa and holiday fun popping up everywhere," 6 Dec. 2019 The decision to end the program in 2017 was the culmination of an intense seven-month battle inside the White House to win over a conflicted president, according to several administration officials who watched him struggle with the issue. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "How the Trump Administration Eroded Its Own Legal Case on DACA," 11 Nov. 2019 There's method to that, however, in this look at how a couple reaches the point of divided harmony, with Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson portraying the conflicted spouses. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Marriage Story' explores the pain and confusion of divorce," 6 Nov. 2019 Historically, Mary Magdalene is a conflicted character: vilified, sanctified, often reduced to the contours of her femininity and her suffering. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The 10 Best Albums of 2019," 27 Nov. 2019 Take us through what Castor was getting at there in terms of conflicted loyalty. NBC News, "Transcript: The Witnesses: Williams and Vindman," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Conflicted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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