vacillating


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vac·il·late

 (văs′ə-lāt′)
intr.v. vac·il·lat·ed, vac·il·lat·ing, vac·il·lates
1. To be unable to choose between different courses of action or opinions; waver: She vacillated about whether to leave.
2. To change between one state and another; fluctuate: The weather vacillated between sunny and rainy.
3. Archaic To sway from one side to the other.

[Latin vacillāre, vacillāt-, to waver.]

vac′il·lat′ing·ly adv.
vac′il·la′tion n.
vac′il·la′tor n.

vacillating

(ˈvæsɪˌleɪtɪŋ) or rarely

vacillant

adj
inclined to waver; indecisive
ˈvacilˌlatingly adv

vac•il•lat•ing

(ˈvæs əˌleɪ tɪŋ)

adj.
1. not resolute; wavering; indecisive.
2. oscillating; fluctuating.
[1805–15]
vac′il•lat`ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.vacillating - uncertain in purpose or actionvacillating - uncertain in purpose or action  
irresolute - uncertain how to act or proceed; "the committee was timid and mediocre and irresolute"

vacillating

adjective indecisive, irresolute, hesitant, uncertain, faltering, wavering, unresolved, oscillating, in two minds (informal), shillyshallying (informal) He has proved weak, indecisive and vacillating.
Translations

vacillating

[ˈvæsɪleɪtɪŋ] ADJvacilante, irresoluto

vacillating

vacillating

a. vacilante, oscilante, fluctuante.
References in classic literature ?
Her resolve, however, had been taken, and it seemed vacillating even to childishness to abandon it now, unless for graver reasons.
In the second category Pierre reckoned himself and others like him, seeking and vacillating, who had not yet found in Freemasonry a straight and comprehensible path, but hoped to do so.
Round the samovar and the hostess the conversation had been meanwhile vacillating in just the same way between three inevitable topics: the latest piece of public news, the theater, and scandal.
unutterable wo--yes, inexorable girl, your vacillating 'yes' has rendered me the impersonation of that oppressive sentiment, of which your beauty and excellence have become the mocking reality.
God knows I am not by nature vindictive; I would not hurt a man because I can no longer trust or like him; but neither my reason nor feelings are of the vacillating order--they are not of that sand-like sort where impressions, if soon made, are as soon effaced.
His days were filled with morbid self-pity, which eventually engendered in his weak and vacillating mind a hatred for those who had sent him here--for the very men he had at first inwardly thanked for saving him from the ignominy of degradation.
He had had uncomfortable suspicions on that head himself, I imagined; but such was his inexperience, and such were the lady's powers of attraction, and her skill in bringing them to bear upon his young imagination, that they had not disturbed him long; and I believe the only effectual causes of the vacillating indecision that had preserved him hitherto from making an actual declaration of love, was the consideration of her connections, and especially of her mother, whom he could not abide.
The poor woman was very vacillating in her repentance.
Very well; I hope you feel the content you express: at any rate, your good sense will tell you that it is too soon yet to yield to the vacillating fears of Lot's wife.
How many of these vacillating shoppers and tired shop-assistants realized that it was a divine event that drew them together?
Oh, it must have been the young man, certainly, for he was strong and industrious, while the abbe was aged and weak; besides, his mind was too vacillating to allow him to carry out an idea.
He would not be vacillating again--he WOULD do what he had meant to do, this time.