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 Ambivalence and ambiguity aren't necessarily signs of weakness or sins of indecision. Frank Bruni New York Times, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 The back and forth of indecision does not benefit you, and choosing to remain undecided lends itself to a host of other problems including clouded judgement and lack of motivation. Dr. Aimée Sanchez, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The former demonstrates resolve and determination; the latter reflects indecision and timidity. WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 This step would help to protect our servicemen and women from having their service misused by shifting the default American posture, which favors extending war through indecision and sheer inertia. Erik Edstrom, The New Republic, 16 Mar. 2021 So, the right-hander who causes indecision and very likely indigestion has been left to his own dynamic devices. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2021 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

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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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24 Jun 2021

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“Indecision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 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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