Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

From Latin vacillatio "swaying". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What we call vacillation is to have no fixed opinion, to be influenced at once by the opinions of others.

    The Foundations of Personality

  • That's what I call vacillation, and you ought to be ashamed of it. "

    The Simpkins Plot

  • 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.

    The Ethics

  • This kind of vacillation and avoidance only feeds those fears.

    03/15/2007

  • The word “if” in the original passage is only a polite expression and does not denote any kind of vacillation or option.

    Let a million mythos bloom!

  • 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.

    The Small House at Allington

  • 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

    The Way We Live Now

  • 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.

    The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac

  • If the Governor be weak, this kind of vacillation and hesitation continues throughout his term of office.

    Lombard Street : a description of the money market

  • 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.

    The Way We Live Now

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