in·​de·​ci·​sion | \ ˌin-di-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce indecision (audio) \

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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Caballero redeemed his previous indecision with a sensational save to deny Tomer Hemed from close-range, before the half hour mark., "Chelsea Routs Brighton in Riveting Return to Winning Ways," 20 Jan. 2018 Republicans criticizing their president isn't new — but this is one of the party's first major policy disagreements, at least one that doesn't stem from the president's indecision. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Trump just started a trade war, all right — with his own party," 2 Mar. 2018 The report chided Lynch for indecision after meeting with former president Bill Clinton on the tarmac of the Phoenix airport in the late stages of the campaign. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, "Inspector general blasts Comey, says others at FBI showed ‘willingness to take official action’ to hurt Trump," 14 June 2018 Instead, a series of debacles in the transfer market and tactical indecision left United a shadow of its former self. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Mourinho Fired From Manchester United as Premier League Heavyweights Struggle," 18 Dec. 2018 How come your food is just like your ... there’s this constant indecision of food. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Sweetgreen thinks like a tech company," 17 Dec. 2018 Trump has made this very difficult As much as Trump would like to make this about the wall, this all seems to be, at its heart, about him and his indecision. Emily Stewart, Vox, "“Shutdown today”: Trump is going all in for the border wall," 21 Dec. 2018 That's kind of the cone of indecision at this point. Fox News, "Maxine Waters renews calls to impeach President Trump," 11 Sep. 2018 Here’s what Musk gained from his 17 days of drama and indecision: Not much. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Facebook is taking action in Myanmar; a deadly eSports shooting in Florida," 27 Aug. 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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English Language Learners Definition of indecision

: difficulty in making a decision


in·​de·​ci·​sion | \ ˌin-di-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce indecision (audio) \

Kids Definition of indecision

: difficulty in making a decision

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