irresolution


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ir·res·o·lute

 (ĭ-rĕz′ə-lo͞ot′)
adj.
1. Unsure of how to act or proceed; undecided.
2. Lacking in resolution; indecisive.

ir·res′o·lute′ly adv.
ir·res′o·lute′ness, ir·res′o·lu′tion n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.irresolution - 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.irresolution - the trait of being irresolute; lacking firmness of purpose
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
unpredictability, volatility - the trait of being unpredictably irresolute; "the volatility of the market drove many investors away"
indecision, indecisiveness - the trait of irresolution; a lack of firmness of character or purpose; "the king's incurable indecisiveness caused turmoil in his court"

irresolution

noun
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Stripped to our shirts and drawers, we sprang to the white-ash, and after several hours' pulling were almost disposed to renounce the chase, when a general pausing commotion among the whales gave animating token that they were now at last under the influence of that strange perplexity of inert irresolution, which, when the fishermen perceive it in the whale, they say he is gallied.
It was true; for after some appearance of irresolution and consultation, the whole party got on their horses and rode away.
He did pause, with a moment's irresolution, before he shut the door; and he did look cautiously behind it first, as if he half-expected to be terrified with the sight of Marley's pigtail sticking out into the hall.
His natural irresolution and moral cowardice were exaggerated by a position in which dreaded consequences seemed to press equally on all sides, and his irritation had no sooner provoked him to defy Dunstan and anticipate all possible betrayals, than the miseries he must bring on himself by such a step seemed more unendurable to him than the present evil.
His face, though partly hidden by a long plume which floated down from his barrel-cap, bore a strong and mingled expression of passion, in which pride seemed to contend with irresolution.
A din of voices in that direction precipitated his irresolution.
Whatever may be the limits or modifications of the powers of the Union, it is easy to imagine an endless train of possible dangers; and by indulging an excess of jealousy and timidity, we may bring ourselves to a state of absolute scepticism and irresolution.
I don't know that I am more liable to irresolution than other people; only there are little incidents now and then that set one speculating on what might happen in the future.
The irresolution and discontent visible among some of his people, arising at times almost to mutiny, and the occasional desertions which took place while thus among friendly tribes, and within reach of the frontiers, added greatly to the anxieties of Mr.
His pasty yellow complexion did not show well on a person of his years, and his look was a mixture of irresolution, bravado, and very cheap smartness.
They dispose kings to tyranny, husbands to jealousy, wise men to irresolution and melancholy.
An expression of irresolution passed for an instant over her face, but her eyes had hardened again when she answered me.