in·​de·​ci·​sion ˌin-di-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce indecision (audio)
: a wavering between two or more possible courses of action : irresolution

Example Sentences

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 What could read as evidence of Aretha’s indecision begins to feel like an endurance test for the reader. Lovia Gyarkye, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2023 That’s the opposite of how today’s discourse tends to pan out, especially on social media, where indecision seems intolerable. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 6 Jan. 2023 Clover, the youngest in a big family, sometimes faces freezing indecision. Tegan Tigani, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Nov. 2022 The decision was made by Patsy Nasher, an increasing force in the mall’s design development, both out of her own interest and because her husband had a tendency toward indecision. Dallas News, 27 July 2022 Dems’ indecision: The Washington Post delves into the decision still confounding Democratic leaders: who will lead the party’s House and Senate campaign arms in 2024. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 15 Dec. 2022 Two of Swords: Confusion, being at a crossroads, indecision, stalemate, limited communication, making a difficult or scary decision. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 19 July 2022 The impatience, the indecision, the shifting philosophies. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 4 May 2022 But that indecision, or knowing playfulness, or comedic failure, is what makes the movie such a curious object. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


French indécision, from indécis undecided, from Late Latin indecisus, from Latin in- + decisus, past participle of decidere to decide

First Known Use

circa 1763, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of indecision was circa 1763

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Cite this Entry

“Indecision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​de·​ci·​sion ˌin-di-ˈsizh-ən How to pronounce indecision (audio)
: slowness or trouble in making up one's mind

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