indecision


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in·de·ci·sion

 (ĭn′dĭ-sĭzh′ən)
n.
Reluctance or an inability to make up one's mind; irresolution.

in•de•ci•sion

(ˌɪn dɪˈsɪʒ ən)

n.
inability to decide; vacillation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indecision - doubt concerning two or more possible alternatives or courses of action; "his indecision was only momentary but the opportunity was lost"
doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty - the state of being unsure of something
hesitation, vacillation, wavering - indecision in speech or action
2.indecision - the trait of irresolution; a lack of firmness of character or purpose; "the king's incurable indecisiveness caused turmoil in his court"
irresoluteness, irresolution - the trait of being irresolute; lacking firmness of purpose
decisiveness, decision - the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose; "a man of unusual decisiveness"

indecision

noun hesitation, doubt, uncertainty, wavering, ambivalence, dithering (chiefly Brit.), hesitancy, indecisiveness, vacillation, shilly-shallying (informal), irresolution After months of indecision, they gave the go-ahead on Monday.
Quotations
"There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volitional deliberation" [William James Varieties of Religious Experience]
Proverbs
"The cat would eat fish, but would not wet her feet"

indecision

noun
Translations
تَرَدُّد، حَيْرَه، عَدَم قَرار
nerozhodnost
ubeslutsomhed
óákveîni
nieko neišsprendžiantis
neizlēmība
nerozhodnosť
kararsızlık

indecision

[ˌɪndɪˈsɪʒən] Nindecisión f, falta f de decisión, irresolución f (frm)

indecision

[ˌɪndɪˈsɪʒən] nindécision f

indecision

indecision

[ˌɪndɪˈsɪʒn] nindecisione f

indecision

(indiˈsiʒən) noun
the state of not being able to decide; hesitation.
ˌindeˈcisive (-ˈsaisiv) adverb
1. not producing a clear decision or a definite result. an indecisive battle.
2. unable to make firm decisions. indecisive person.

indecision

n. indecisión; irresolución.
References in classic literature ?
It was but a little while be- fore a certain indecision in his manner revealed an- other fearful fact to Becky -- he could not find his way back!
There was no indecision or delay in the establishment of their relations; Rebecca's heart flew like an arrow to its mark, and her mind, meeting its superior, settled at once into an abiding attitude of respectful homage.
She might assist his resolution, or reconcile him to it; she might give just praise to Harriet, or, by representing to him his own independence, relieve him from that state of indecision, which must be more intolerable than any alternative to such a mind as his.
Palmer, whose eye was caught by every thing pretty, expensive, or new; who was wild to buy all, could determine on none, and dawdled away her time in rapture and indecision.
He clinched his hands, and writhed from side to side of his chair in an agony of indecision.
He did not begin, but, in his indecision, met her glance.
My opinion is,' said Peggotty, taking her eyes from me, after a little indecision and going on with her work, 'that I never was married myself, Master Davy, and that I don't expect to be.
Having settled that I must go to the Blue Boar, my mind was much disturbed by indecision whether or not to take the Avenger.
Whether from indecision, or some other motive of hesitation, the champion of the day remained stationary for more than a minute, while the eyes of the silent audience were riveted upon his motions; and then, gradually and gracefully sinking the point of his lance, he deposited the coronet Which it supported at the feet of the fair Rowena.
This something was enveloped in a cloak, and D'Artagnan at first believed it was a man; but by the smallness of the form, the hesitation of the walk, and the indecision of the step, he soon discovered that it was a woman.
Whether Noirtier understood the young man's indecision, or whether he had not full confidence in his docility, he looked uneasily at him.
The men wavered in indecision for a moment, and then with a long, wailful cry the dilapidated regiment surged forward and began its new journey.