confusion

noun
con·​fu·​sion | \kən-ˈfyü-zhən \

Definition of confusion 

1 : an act or instance of confusing confusion of the issue

2a : the quality or state of being confused Try to relieve their confusion. mental confusion

b : a confused mass or mixture a confusion of voices

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Other Words from confusion

confusional \ kən-​ˈfyüzh-​nəl , -​ˈfyü-​zhə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of confusion in a Sentence

There is still some confusion as to the time of the meeting. There is a great deal of confusion about how the system works. the anxieties and confusions of teenage life He stared in confusion and disbelief. There was total confusion when the truck hit the restaurant.
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In an odd twist of neurology, and to the diagnostic confusion of doctors, people can have migraines without headaches. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 The confusion of Babel was abroad even in all the networks. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "The Book of Donald," 4 Oct. 2018 The track emulates the confusion of how someone could want their significant other out of their lives but need them at the same time. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Here Are the Lyrics to 5 Seconds of Summer's 'Youngblood'," 28 June 2018 Markle didn't attend the Royal Wedding due to a confusion of health problems and PR crises. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle’s Dad Is Mad The Queen Will Meet With Trump & Not Him," 26 June 2018 The style, of necessity, is realistic, impressionistic and surrealistic, with flashbacks, confusion of time sequences and of personality. James Powers, The Hollywood Reporter, "'8 ½': THR's 1963 Review," 26 June 2018 After some initial confusion and denials of re-entry, then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly had to clarify that the ban did not apply to green-card holders and dual citizens. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Upholds Presidential Bigotry," 26 June 2018 But now that the Supreme Court has opened the floodgates, the confusion and fear of many online entrepreneurs may goad Congress into action. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "Online tax bills are hugely complicated — more than you ever knew — and small firms are finding that out," 25 June 2018 The president's about-face came after a firestorm of protest about the callousness and upheaval of separating 2,300 kids from their parents, but the shift brought fresh confusion of its own. NBC News, "In the chaos of Trump's policy reversal, families aren't split but monitored," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of confusion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confusion

Middle English confusioun "ruin, disgrace, disorder," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French confusiun, borrowed from Latin confūsiōn-, confūsiō "mixing, combining, disorder, consternation," from confud-, variant stem of confundere "to pour together, blend, bring into disorder, destroy, disconcert" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at confound

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confusion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of confusion

: 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

confusion

noun
con·​fu·​sion | \kən-ˈfyü-zhən \

Kids Definition of confusion

1 : difficulty in understanding or in being able to tell one thing from a similar thing

2 : a feeling or state of uncertainty

confusion

noun
con·​fu·​sion | \kən-ˈfyü-zhən \

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

Other Words from confusion

confusional \ -​zhnəl, -​zhən-​ᵊl \ adjective

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confusion

noun
con·​fu·​sion

Legal Definition of confusion 

1 in the civil law of Louisiana : a uniting of two interests or rights in property into one — compare merger sense 1

2 in the civil law of Louisiana : the termination of an obligation by a person acquiring the right from which the obligation arose

3 : the mixing or blending together of goods or commodities so that the individual owners cannot identify their own property

called also confusion of goods

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