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1. Made uneasy by conflicting feelings.
2. Usage Problem Conflicting; mixed: conflicted emotions.
Usage Note: The adjective conflicted appears to have overcome its history of association with pop psychology at least when referring to people. Back in 1988, some 92 percent of the Usage Panel rejected its use in the sentence Many managers are conflicted about the reorganization plan. But in our 2008 survey, 76 percent accepted the similar sentence She was deeply conflicted about taking the job with the new firm. The Panel allowed but looked less favorably on sentences in which conflicted referred to feelings. Some 52 percent accepted He had conflicted feelings about sending his child to private school.


unable to decide between opposing feelings or views


(kənˈflɪk tɪd)

full of conflicting emotions.
References in classic literature ?
All this strangely conflicted with Betts' preconceived opinion of a French woman's selfishness, and, while he was disposed to believe his adored perfection, he almost feared it was a trick.
An immense relief, and a reluctance to enjoy that relief, conflicted in her heart.
Half-way upstairs, at a point where the light and sounds of the upper world conflicted with the dimness and the dying hymn-tune of the under, Rachel felt a hand drop upon her shoulder.