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falter

verb

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1 to show uncertainty about the right course of action
  • William Lloyd Garrison never once faltered in his demand that slavery be unconditionally abolished

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2 to swing unsteadily back and forth or from side to side
  • the cut tree seemed to falter for a moment before crashing to the ground

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hesitate, waver, vacillate, falter mean to show irresolution or uncertainty. hesitate implies a pause before deciding or acting or choosing. hesitated before answering the question waver implies hesitation after seeming to decide and so connotes weakness or a retreat. wavered in his support of the rebels vacillate implies prolonged hesitation from inability to reach a firm decision. vacillated until events were out of control falter implies a wavering or stumbling and often connotes nervousness, lack of courage, or outright fear. never once faltered during her testimony

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The first known use of falter was in the 14th century

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“Falter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/falter. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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