confusion

noun
con·​fu·​sion | \ kən-ˈfyü-zhən How to pronounce confusion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce confusional (audio) , -​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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The confusion was understandable even without the alcohol, however. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Farewell to the 'Follies’: Mr. Whitekeys says his shows are ending — for good, this time," 12 June 2019 Paperwork confusion is common among airline staffers Chrysogelou isn't the only traveler with a tale of woe involving travel documentation and misinformed airilne agents. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Papers, please! Don't let travel document problems ground your next vacation," 7 June 2019 Your planetary ruler, Mercury, was retrograde last month, which stirred up confusion and more than a few job fumbles. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Gemini Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 On the other hand the parties they’ve been aligned with offer constant confusion and surprise. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Congress’s Mean Girls Are Trump’s Offspring," 21 Mar. 2019 After years of confusion and anxiety, Geiger revealed her biggest secret to Instagram followers and embarked on the road to a happier future being her true self. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned From Teddy Geiger's Revealing 'New York Times' Interview," 5 July 2018 If you or someone in your party experiences symptoms of heat illness like headache, dizziness, nausea, and confusion, the NPS recommends stopping. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "14 Essential Hiking Safety Tips You Should Always Follow," 10 May 2019 Hot sand, boiling water, and rocks rained down upon the attackers, adding to the chaos and confusion. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 The separations — which also involve ‘‘under 3,000’’ older children — have sparked international outrage and considerable confusion. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration reunites just over half of young separated children, says the rest are ineligible," 12 July 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 How to pronounce confusion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce confusion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce confusional (audio) \ 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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