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 24-hour whirlwind leading up to Monday night's prime time announcement, and the 12-day stretch that preceded it, was classic Trump – a freewheeling process involving an eclectic cast of advisers and punctuated by bouts of indecision and drama. Author: Ashley Parker, Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "‘All a little misdirection’: Inside Trump’s sometimes-wavering decision to nominate Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 In which other job can a moment’s indecision, a split-second of hesitation, cause such pain?, "How Karius’ Kiev Nightmare Perfectly Demonstrates the Need for Villains Along With Heroes in Sport," 29 May 2018 Another interesting observation on Pfeffer’s part is that Netanyahu is no fan of military action, tending to caution and even indecision, rejecting, for example, a ground offensive after the Israeli air campaign in the Gaza war of 2014. Ian Black, New York Times, "If You Want to Really Understand Bibi," 7 May 2018 That James Bopp, one of the conservative legal architects behind the anti-Roe campaign was opposed to Kavanaugh is an interesting twist in a nominating process that has been beset by indecision. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "In Kavanaugh, Trump Found Another Judge Who Will Kiss the Ring," 10 July 2018 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., "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,, "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,, "Nikki Bella Questions Who Should Walk Her Down the Aisle in Wedding to John Cena," 22 June 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 \

Kids Definition of indecision

: difficulty in making a decision

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