vacillator


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vacillator - one who hesitates (usually out of fear)vacillator - one who hesitates (usually out of fear)
coward - a person who shows fear or timidity
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