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 Much of the indecision surrounding his response comes from conflicting advice offered by senior aides to the president, according to individuals familiar with the matter. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "‘Law and order’ vs. ‘Time to listen’: Trump and Biden refine battle messages after messy weekend," 2 June 2020 This week, however, a campaign that has struggled with caution and indecision in the past moved aggressively to highlight stark contrasts with Mr. Trump on matters of leadership and character. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "‘The Pain Is Too Intense’: Biden Challenges White Americans," 29 May 2020 The ban fell victim to the government’s indecision about how to respond to the pandemic. The Economist, "Muddled mudik messages As covid-19 spreads, Indonesia’s president has an unhappy Eid," 24 May 2020 But even accounting for these limitations, the results of the study still suggest a way to break out of those painful cycles of hesitation and indecision that people often get caught in when contemplating major life decisions. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "An economist’s rule for making tough life decisions," 21 May 2020 Just as crucially, the affair telegraphed weakness and indecision in the Kennedy White House. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "In Venezuela, Americans Attempt to Stage a “Bay of Piglets”," 13 May 2020 Head coach Brian Kelly’s decision to stick with defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and indecision at quarterback hamstrung the Irish in the season opener. Tyler James, Indianapolis Star, "Recounting Notre Dame football's wildest games of the last 30 years," 2 May 2020 But the most wonderful thing about highlights — their versatility — can also be a source of indecision for anyone who wants them. Wendy Sy, Allure, "21 Different Ways to Highlight Your Hair," 13 Mar. 2020 My Beto boomerang was mostly based on my contrarian skepticism about early polls—especially those that obscured the real preprimary state of indecision that had most Democrats struggling to identify a standard-bearer in the multicandidate field. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Political Media’s Blurred Reality," 12 Mar. 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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“Indecision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of indecision

: difficulty in making a decision


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Kids Definition of indecision

: difficulty in making a decision

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