in·​de·​ci·​sion | \ ˌin-di-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce indecision (audio) \

Definition of indecision

: a wavering between two or more possible courses of action : irresolution

Examples of indecision in a Sentence

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 In the months following the Buccaneers' loss to the Los Angeles Rams during last season's playoffs, Gronkowski has been open about his indecision to continue his football career. Nicholas Rice,, 7 Apr. 2022 Insurance and supply-chain issues, along with indecision about whether to rebuild or repair the gym, have been blamed for the construction delay. New York Times, 8 Mar. 2022 Then again, indiscretion isn’t the same as indecision. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2022 The screenplay is thoughtful and nuanced, and Epps’s performance anchors the narrative with a solid, unfussy portrayal of ethical indecision, even if the third act detours into more melodramatic territory. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2022 Watson’s indecision also has Baker Mayfield in limbo. cleveland, 16 Mar. 2022 Yamamoto was at the front of the crease to capitalize after Leon Draisaitl took the puck from Matt Roy following Petersen’s indecision, continuing the Oilers’ recent turnaround. Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2022 The clearest example, the report said, was how swiftly the government reacted to News Corp's change of tack on climate change after years of policy indecision. Hilary Whiteman, CNN, 9 Dec. 2021 The indecision reflects high stakes that are both cultural and financial, as some Native corporations pay out substantial dividends that could diminish if more shares are issued. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of indecision

circa 1763, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indecision

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

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in·​de·​ci·​sion | \ ˌin-di-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce indecision (audio) \

Kids Definition of indecision

: difficulty in making a decision

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