vacillation

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noun vac·il·la·tion \ˌva-sə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of vacillation

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of vacillating

  2. 2 :  inability to take a stand :  irresolution, indecision

Examples of vacillation in a sentence

  1. <the president was soundly criticized for his vacillation before responding to the crisis>

Origin and Etymology of vacillation

Middle English vacillacion, borrowed from Latin vacillātiōn-, vacillātiō, from vacillāre “to be unsteady, vacillate” + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns


First Known Use: 15th century



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