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

Other Words from confusion

confusional \ kən-​ˈfyüzh-​nəl How to pronounce confusion (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps nowhere is there as much confusion over which policies promote equality as in discussions of the Federal Reserve. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 There is some confusion around the environmental impact of wireless power. Ori Mor, Forbes, 19 July 2022 At first, there is confusion whether the attacker is in an office or not. Shimon Prokupecz And Matthew J. Friedman, CNN, 17 July 2022 What’s more, given how new these kinds of laws are, there is confusion among schools, community members and advocates about how they will be enforced. Anne Branigin, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 There is so much confusion among these terms, largely because the regulations for the term ‘nutritionist’ differ from state to state. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 6 July 2022 CBS Chicago Witnesses told CBS Chicago there was confusion in the initial aftermath of the shooting over whether the loud bangs were part of the Independence Day festivities. Alex Sundby, CBS News, 5 July 2022 And there was the confusion of a non-related thought scattering for a moment all of the pattern; her mother stared, the corner vanished; and then the pattern was reëstablished. Shirley Jackson, The New Yorker, 4 July 2022 The general consensus: there was confusion as to exactly how the movie was related to the iconic Toy Story franchise and the character Buzz Lightyear, who was voiced in the main series by conservative actor Tim Allen. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 June 2022 See More

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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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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


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 confusion (audio) \ adjective



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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