indecision

noun
in·de·ci·sion | \ ˌin-di-ˈsi-zhən \

Definition of indecision 

: a wavering between two or more possible courses of action : irresolution

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Examples of indecision in a Sentence

They were paralyzed by indecision. her indecision about where to go for dinner, while everyone was getting hungrier by the minute, was frustrating

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The German has been regularly lambasted this term by the media as well as Reds fans for a whole host of different reasons, from indecision to underwhelming displays between the sticks. SI.com, "6 Players Who Stepped Up and Made the Biggest Impact This Weekend," 5 Mar. 2018 As the Syria conflict deepened and Obama drew criticism for his indecision, The Times reported that Brennan’s C.I.A. undertook a billion-dollar covert campaign to arm and train rebels fighting against the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 The proposition of it all has inspired heated community debate and indecision from the board, even as the timer ticks down on an Aug. 14 deadline by which the board must approve a ballot measure for a bond referendum in the November election. Jesse Wright, chicagotribune.com, "Elmhurst school board agrees on boundary plan for District 205 upgrade project," 29 June 2018 Nikki Bella is facing some indecision regarding her wedding. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Nikki Bella Questions Who Should Walk Her Down the Aisle in Wedding to John Cena," 22 June 2018 She, like her country, is paralyzed by fear, inaction, and indecision. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Donald Trump paints the border as a lawless hellhole. But so does American pop culture.," 22 June 2018 That indecision is reflected in the Baldwin Wallace poll, where 41.2 percent of Democrats hadn't made up their minds on the governor's race. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio primary: The wacky, bitter battle to replace Gov. John Kasich," 5 May 2018 Jeremy Corbyn, the party leader, has got better at taunting Mrs May for her indecision and cabinet splits. The Economist, "Theresa May postpones the tricky Brexit decisions again," 14 June 2018 That indecision is reflected in the Baldwin Wallace poll, where 41.2% of Democrats hadn't made up their minds on the governor's race. Jessie Balmert, USA TODAY, "Ohio primary: The wacky, bitter battle to replace Gov. John Kasich," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of indecision

circa 1763, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indecision

French indécision, from indécis undecided, from Late Latin indecisus, from Latin in- + decisus, past participle of decidere to decide

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indecision

noun

English Language Learners Definition of indecision

: difficulty in making a decision

indecision

noun
in·de·ci·sion | \ ˌin-di-ˈsi-zhən \

Kids Definition of indecision

: difficulty in making a decision

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