American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Inclined to waver; irresolute.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Inclined to vacillate; wavering; vacillating; uncertain; irresolute.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Inclined to vacillate; wavering; irresolute.
“His response to the political crisis over his spiritual advisers has been vacillatory, not conciliatory: first he stood by them, then he distanced himself from them.”
“As to money, he had given her almost carte blanche, having at one vacillatory period of his Prime Ministership been talked by her into some agreement with her own plans.”
“As to money, he had given her almost carte blanche, having at one vacillatory period of his”
“-- Disgusted with Musa's vacillatory conduct, on the 22d I sent him a letter containing a bit of my mind.”
“While these vacillatory measures were going on at the viceregal palace, information was brought to the oydors, that the viceroy had drawn out his troops in the great square, with the intention of attacking them.”
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“They are always "struggling to survive" and the vacillatory vagueries of the parameters of "poverty" is just one of the "demons" that they bravely fight.”
“But, of course, some of this may have to do with the problem that you can’t be extremist unless you actually have an ideology or something else to be extreme about, and the Democratic party right now is entirely without ideology, principles, direction, or any goals beyond “get re-elected”… so a bland, noncommital, vacillatory candidate may be about as close to the idea of a Democrat extremist as one can get.”
“Why, my course here in the United States," said the Old Year -- "though perhaps I ought to blush at the confession -- my political course, I must acknowledge, has been rather vacillatory, sometimes inclining toward the Whigs, then causing the administration party to shout for triumph, and now again uplifting what seemed the almost prostrate banner of the opposition; so that historians will hardly know what to make of me in this respect.”
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