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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This past week, the government scrambled to comply with a July 10 deadline to reunify children under age 5 — a process marked by confusion and chaos. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trump administration outlines plan to reunify remaining 2,500 separated children," 14 July 2018 If a fraction of them have an experience similar to Mr. Frank’s and mine, that’s a lot of confusion and inefficiency clogging up the system. Steve Cohen, WSJ, "You Can’t Put a Price on a Hip Replacement, and That’s a Problem," 13 July 2018 In Phoenix, the reunions were marked by confusion and heartbreak. New York Times, "As Migrant Families Are Reunited, Some Children Don’t Recognize Their Mothers," 10 July 2018 That way, there’s no confusion over what is required, potentially preventing disagreements between those running the mission and the agency’s planetary protection officer. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA needs to update its rules on how to keep the Solar System clean, report says," 5 July 2018 The development seemingly opens the door to lots of confusion given the possibility of two arbitrations happening at the same time exploring similar ground. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "CAA, UTA Headed to Second Arbitration Over "Lawless Midnight Raid"," 11 July 2018 But the conflicting stories also highlight the level of confusion. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Atlanta airport: Hartsfield-Jackson fence breach raises security concerns," 28 June 2018 The researchers' work dovetails with investigative journalism: The goal of both is to use information to make sense of confusion. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "'ICE Is Everywhere': Using Library Science to Map the Separation Crisis," 25 June 2018 So a lot of confusion not just on the policy, not just what's going to happen to these kids on the border, but also what's going to happen on Capitol Hill. Fox News, "Trump urges GOP to delay efforts until after midterms," 23 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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