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vacillate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of vacillate

  1. to show uncertainty about the right course of action vacillated for so long that someone else stepped in and made the decision Synonyms of vacillate balance, dither, falter, halt, hang back, scruple, shilly-shally, stagger, teeter, hesitate, waver, wobble (also wabble)Words Related to vacillate haw, hem; dally, dawdle, delay, linger, pause, procrastinate, wait; back down, chicken (out); consider, debate, deliberate, ponder, weigh; oscillate, sway; equivocate, hedge, pussyfoot, waffleNear Antonyms of vacillate decide; budge, stir; advance, continueAntonyms of vacillate dive (in), plunge (in)

Synonym Discussion of vacillate

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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