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

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 So much so, in fact, that some leaders get stuck in the quicksand of indecision. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 16 June 2022 In coming years, many households may simply not move out of a kind of paralysis of indecision. New York Times, 27 May 2022 Sarah Longwell, the founder of the Republican Accountability Project, which conducted the focus group last week, said that Mr. Trump’s limited involvement could be playing a role in some voters’ indecision. New York Times, 20 May 2022 But then, something strange happened: The applications would go nowhere for months as higher-up officials seemed paralyzed by indecision. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, 4 Nov. 2021 Life isn’t about staying stuck in indecision or in your mistakes. Ellevate, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 Overthinking can happen at any time of day or night and can leave people frozen in indecision. Megan Marples, CNN, 4 June 2021 Could immersion therapy cure nostalgia and romantic indecision? Maddie Crum, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 When asked if Krejci’s indecision put him in a bind, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney shook his head., 25 July 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'indecision.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About indecision

Time Traveler for indecision

Time Traveler

The first known use of indecision was circa 1763

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near indecision




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for indecision

Last Updated

30 Jul 2022

Cite this Entry

“Indecision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for indecision


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

Kids Definition of indecision

: difficulty in making a decision

More from Merriam-Webster on indecision

Nglish: Translation of indecision for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of indecision for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!