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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But that appearance of unanimity masked a welter of executive-level indecision and anxiety. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech," 13 Aug. 2019 The special bristles with shame, indecision, anger, and guilt. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Productive Ambivalence of Aziz Ansari in His Comeback Netflix Special," 13 July 2019 Seems like Leonard’s period of indecision wasn’t that at all. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: United States women’s national team has already won in advance of Sunday’s World Cup championship match," 7 July 2019 At least two dozen people remained jailed in violation of their constitutional rights as a result of Mosman’s indecision, said Jesse Merrithew, the lead attorney for the public defender office. oregonlive.com, "As mental health crisis continues, lawyers appeal judge’s indecisive contempt ruling," 20 June 2019 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

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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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