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vacillation (ˌvæsɪˈleɪʃən) 



  1. the act or an instance of vacillating   ⇒ He accused President Carter of vacillation and retreat.


View thesaurus entry
= indecisiveness, hesitation, irresolution, wavering, dithering, fluctuation, unsteadiness, inconstancy, shillyshallying, irresoluteness

Quotations including 'vacillation'

  • "My mind is not a bed to be made and re-made" [James Agate
  • "Some praise at morning what they blame at night;But always think the last opinion right" [Alexander Pope
  • "Don't change horses in midstream"

vacillate (ˈvæsɪˌleɪt Pronunciation for vacillate


verb (intransitive)

  1. to fluctuate in one's opinions; be indecisive
  2. to sway from side to side physically; totter or waver

Derived Forms

ˌvacilˈlation noun
ˈvacilˌlator noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin vacillāre to sway, of obscure origin

Example Sentences Including 'vacillation'

"There was a further moment of vacillation ; then Nickelberry slid the knife back into his belt.
Clive Barker GALILEE (2001)
And the real chill and thrill of his performance was its constant vacillation between disconcerting sensuality and brittle brilliance.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Now, in a campaign against Mr. Martin, whose weakness is said to be vacillation , it is Mr. Manley who appears indecisive.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Shaw finds the language of Medea full of vacillation Shaw is the kind of actress who takes chances.
Globe and Mail (2003)
This vacillation is the result of a policy built on paranoia.
Spiked (2004)
Yet constant tension and dissension may easily produce vacillation and even paralysis.
Wright, Vincent The Government and Politics of France


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