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vacillation

[vas-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌvæs əˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of vacillating.
2.
a state of indecision or irresolution.
3.
unsteady movement; fluctuation.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English vacillacion < Latin vacillātiōn- (stem of vacillātiō) a swaying. See vacillate, -ion
Related forms
nonvacillation, noun
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Examples for vacillation
  • But let us plunge deeper into the vocabulary of vacillation.
  • These things give his policy the appearance, and often the reality of vacillation.
  • Even some plaintiffs who have vowed to reject the settlement have moments of vacillation.
  • The vacillation between hot and cold, stern and pliable, resolute and accommodating hasn't inspired that confidence.
  • The defendant argues that the various statements attributed to her show inherent material contradictions and vacillation.
  • vacillation is exhibited between desires for affection, fear of rejection, and a general numbness of feeling.
  • Testing also suggests that he may be complaining of concentration and suffer from obsessive indecision, doubts and vacillation.
Word Origin and History for vacillation
vacillation
c.1400, from L. vacillationem (nom. vacillatio) "a reeling, wavering," from pp. stem of vacillare "sway to and fro." Originally in reference to opinion or conduct; literal sense is recorded from 1630s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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