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
Recent Examples on the Web The superior officers, weighed down by indecision and bureaucracy, were unmoved. Peter Caddick-adams, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Most importantly, don’t be paralyzed by indecision. Caroline Castrillon, Forbes, 4 Apr. 2021 When faced with indecision, resist the impulse to contract your arms and hold close to the wall. Jacqueline Detwiler-george, Popular Mechanics, 16 Mar. 2021 That indecision has left an opening for what were once Wall Street’s go-to stocks—the megacap tech players. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 For some of us, being pandemic-era consumers has been like perpetually looking for something to watch on Netflix: near-endless rumination on our choices, followed by melting into a puddle of indecision, then settling for something easy or familiar. Tracey Lindeman, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2021 That indecision could have ramifications for the entire country’s rollout—and the immediate future of sports. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 22 Feb. 2021 But now, at the very moment Miller has gained a degree of vindication, Arizona is paralyzed by dysfunction and indecision. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2021 Be on the lookout for indecision, and be ready to decide on a path and move forward. Elizabeth Gulino,, 21 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of indecision was circa 1763

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“Indecision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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