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- n. Indecision in speech or action.
- n. Changing location by moving back and forth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of vacillating; a moving one way and the other; a wavering.
- n. Unsteadiness of purpose; changeableness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of vacillating; a wavering; a moving one way and the other; a reeling or staggering.
- n. Vacillating conduct; fluctuation of resolution; inconstancy; changeableness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. indecision in speech or action
- n. changing location by moving back and forth
What we call vacillation is to have no fixed opinion, to be influenced at once by the opinions of others.
That's what I call vacillation, and you ought to be ashamed of it. "
This disposition of the mind, which arises from two contrary emotions, is called vacillation; it stands to the emotions in the same relation as doubt does to the imagination (II.xliv. note); vacillation and doubt do not differ one from the other, except as greater differs from less.
This kind of vacillation and avoidance only feeds those fears.
The word “if” in the original passage is only a polite expression and does not denote any kind of vacillation or option.
He made a charge, bending his head first towards John Eames, and then, with that weak vacillation which is as disgraceful in a bull as in a general, he changed his purpose, and turned his horns upon his other enemy.
Early in the day his supporters had thought little of this, attributing the fall to that vacillation which is customary in such matters; but towards the latter part of the afternoon the tidings from the
Their hesitancy was due to an innate, congenital lack of determination -- that same hideous curse of vacillation which is responsible for so much misery in human life.
If the Governor be weak, this kind of vacillation and hesitation continues throughout his term of office.
Early in the day his supporters had thought little of this, attributing the fall to that vacillation which is customary in such matters; but towards the latter part of the afternoon the tidings from the City had been in everybody's mouth, and Melmotte's committee-room had been almost deserted.
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