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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Recent Examples on the Web If anything on this graphic causes confusion, ignore the entire product. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "President Trump Displays Altered Hurricane Dorian Forecast Chart Showing It Was Expected to Hit Alabama," 4 Sep. 2019 But thanks to a misunderstanding during the live auction that caused confusion, anger, and recollections of Banksy’s Sotheby’s stunt among attendees, the biggest winner from the event might be the online auction itself. Fortune, "The Future of Auctions Might Rely on Luxury Items," 31 Aug. 2019 Rules rolled out a day earlier caused confusion among immigration lawyers after a document appeared to show children of American citizens would be affected. Astrid Galvan, chicagotribune.com, "New Trump administration rules do not affect birthright citizenship, immigration officials clarify," 29 Aug. 2019 Buffington, an associate professor at the University of South Florida's pharmacy department, said the drug causes confusion and aggression and had adverse effects on how McGlockton acted. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Victim's family said they can rest after a Florida man was convicted of manslaughter in 'Stand Your Ground' trial," 24 Aug. 2019 Don’t let someone from your past disrupt your life or cause confusion. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Aug. 13 2019," 13 Aug. 2019 That causes confusion about what parents can say about their case, and what advocates or the media can say about courtroom developments. Mary Jo Pitzl, azcentral, "These courts must protect kids' privacy. They also must be public. Can it be done?," 31 July 2019 Except that an auto show at roughly the time NAIAS occupied for 30 years is bound to cause some confusion. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "New auto show shoulders into Detroit show’s January time slot," 8 July 2019 The switch has caused a little confusion in the early days. Luke Johnson, nola.com, "Saints’ Taylor Stallworth trying to make a name (and a number) for himself in Year 2," 26 June 2019

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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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3 Nov 2019

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The first known use of confusion was in the 14th century

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confusion

noun
How to pronounce confusion (audio)

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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