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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Further digging turns up a reason for this food-fusion confusion: The dishes aren't the dishes associated with each state. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Dear Google: Your food map of the U.S. is ... puzzling," 3 July 2018 The principal sent a retraction email the evening of May 30, apologizing for any confusion caused and asking them to disregard the email, according to an email provided by Siddiqui . Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Solicitation for campaign workers forwarded by principal on Howard public school email," 18 June 2018 Perhaps the more likely explanation for the confusion is that the federal government hasn’t established any universal guidelines or requirements for the letters. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Confusing Information Colleges Provide Students About Financial Aid," 6 June 2018 From coverlets to bedspreads to duvets and comforters, confusion is inevitable…but not unavoidable. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Bedding Guide: What is a Sham?," 31 Oct. 2018 The confusion in the House is unfolding as tensions are running high over the debate on family separations at the border. Gregg Re, Fox News, "House GOP abruptly scraps planned vote on troubled immigration bill, saying it could pass next week," 2 Oct. 2018 So deeply ingrained is our confusion about time that any displacement of it can feel weird, and a big one can feel downright trippy. Timothy Morton, The Atlantic, "The Hurricane in My Backyard," 8 July 2018 Among them are fever, diarrhea, aches. confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, the CDC said. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Stop & Shop recalls frozen broccoli due to listeria concerns," 24 May 2018 The shooting prompted confusion and anger among those who knew Roberson. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later," 23 Jan. 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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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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