indecision

noun
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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That long lifetime of carbon dioxide is what guarantees that decisions on heat-trapping emissions in the next few decades—or indecision—will have repercussions for climate and sea levels for millenniums to come. Andrew Revkin, National Geographic, "Does the U.S. need a ‘presidential climate security committee’?," 22 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, in terms of America's interest, there was broad agreement across the political spectrum Friday that indecision on the part of the president didn't serve it. NBC News, "Trump choked on Iran strikes. That may have made the crisis more perilous.," 21 June 2019 His reaction to my idea was not excitement, but anxiety and indecision. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: One-sided attraction affects a friendship," 14 June 2019 His reaction to my idea was not excitement, but anxiety and indecision. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: I said I wasn’t interested, then she showed up naked," 14 June 2019 Part of the indecision on the pitching staff is tied to pitchers who might not be available for Opening Day. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Surprise Five: Are Rangers one of the MLB teams tanking this season? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 Mar. 2018 Their subsequent efforts have been stalled by indecision and insufficient financial commitment, according to industry critics. Peter Whoriskey, Anchorage Daily News, "Much of the chocolate you buy starts with child labor," 6 June 2019 Their subsequent efforts have been stalled by indecision and insufficient financial commitment, according to industry critics. Washington Post, "Cocoa’s child laborers," 5 June 2019 Caballero redeemed his previous indecision with a sensational save to deny Tomer Hemed from close-range, before the half hour mark. SI.com, "Chelsea Routs Brighton in Riveting Return to Winning Ways," 20 Jan. 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 How to pronounce indecision (audio) \

Kids Definition of indecision

: difficulty in making a decision

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