vacillating

[vas-uh-ley-ting]
Also, vacillant.


Origin:
1805–15; vacillate + -ing2

vacillatingly, adverb
nonvacillating, adjective
unvacillating, adjective


1. See fickle.
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vacillate

[vas-uh-leyt]
verb (used without object), vacillated, vacillating.
1.
to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor leader.
2.
to sway unsteadily; waver; totter; stagger.
3.
to oscillate or fluctuate.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin vacillātus (past participle of vacillāre to sway to and fro); see -ate1

vacillator, noun


1. hesitate. See waver1. 2. reel.
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vacillate (ˈvæsɪˌleɪt)
 
vb
1.  to fluctuate in one's opinions; be indecisive
2.  to sway from side to side physically; totter or waver
 
[C16: from Latin vacillāre to sway, of obscure origin]
 
vacil'lation
 
n
 
'vacillator
 
n

vacillating or vacillant (ˈvæsɪˌleɪtɪŋ, ˈvæsɪlənt)
 
adj
inclined to waver; indecisive
 
vacillant or vacillant
 
adj
 
'vacillatingly or vacillant
 
adv

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vacillate
1590s, "to sway unsteadily," from L. vacillatum, from vacillare (see vacillation). Meaning "to waver between two opinions or courses" is recorded from 1620s. Related: Vacillated; vacillates; vacillating.
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Example sentences
No wonder some voters think he's a vacillating wimp.
From the sound of your post, though, you are vacillating.
He appears inconsistent and contradictory, as though he is vacillating and
  indecisive.
But he has come under new pressure from critics who are calling him weak and
  vacillating.
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