irresolute

adjective
ir·​res·​o·​lute | \ i-ˈre-zə-ˌlüt How to pronounce irresolute (audio) , ˌi(r)-, -lət \

Definition of irresolute

: uncertain how to act or proceed : vacillating irresolute legislators

Other Words from irresolute

irresolutely \ i-​ˈre-​zə-​ˌlüt-​lē How to pronounce irresolute (audio) , -​lət-​ ; -​ˌre-​zə-​ˈlüt-​ \ adverb
irresoluteness \ i-​ˈre-​zə-​ˌlüt-​nəs How to pronounce irresolute (audio) , -​lət-​ ; -​ˌre-​zə-​ˈlüt-​ \ noun
irresolution \ i-​ˌre-​zə-​ˈlü-​shən How to pronounce irresolute (audio) , ˌi(r)-​ \ noun

Examples of irresolute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In some states, the confusion felt by providers and patients is compounded by ambiguous, irresolute language in the new and forthcoming laws themselves. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 2 July 2022 That phrase is a call back to the ancestors and an acknowledgment that you were not raised to be fearful and irresolute. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2021 Sessions became unpopular within the agency for irresolute leadership, according to a 1993 New York Times article that described him as having a short attention span and being disinterested in bureaucratic details. Stephen Miller, Bloomberg.com, 11 June 2020 More unsettling than terrifying, the story (by the directors and Sergio Casci) builds to a leisurely, irresolute and unsatisfying climax. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2020 In his resignation letter, Mattis emphasized the value of allies and suggested that Trump had been irresolute and ambiguous in his approach to Russia and China. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2019 In his resignation letter, Mattis emphasized the value of allies and suggested that Trump had been irresolute and ambiguous in his approach to Russia and China. Robert Burns, The Denver Post, 28 Aug. 2019 The show focuses on the legalization and rise of the porn industry, via twins Vincent and Frankie Martino (both played by James Franco and based on real brothers)—an irresolute gambler and an ambitious bar owner who fall in with the mob. Stuart Miller, Newsweek, 29 Aug. 2017 All these years later, my personal feelings are irresolute, even as people I’ve told have apologized or commiserated. David Mcgrath, Twin Cities, 11 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of irresolute

1579, in the meaning defined above

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“Irresolute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irresolute. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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irresolute

adjective
ir·​res·​o·​lute | \ i-ˈre-zə-ˌlüt How to pronounce irresolute (audio) \

Kids Definition of irresolute

: uncertain how to act or proceed … we lay still a long time, very irresolute what course to take.— Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

Other Words from irresolute

irresolutely adverb

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