from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Unsure of how to act or proceed; undecided.
- adj. Lacking in resolution; indecisive.
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- adj. Undecided or unsure how to act
- adj. Indecisive or lacking in resolution
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not resolute; not decided or determined; wavering; given to doubt or irresolution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not resolute or firm in purpose; unable to form a resolution; wavering; given to doubt or hesitation.
- Synonyms Vacillating, hesitating, undecided, unsettled, faltering.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. uncertain how to act or proceed
Liz, a slender slip of a creature, large-eyed, and woe-begone, stood up before him staring at him in irresolute wretchedness, as he seated himself.
As to being "irresolute" I've heard worse and from a better bunch than this.
She held out her hand to Donal with a kind of irresolute motion, but withdrawing it, smiled almost beseechingly, and said,
I knew that every minute was precious to me, yet I remained irresolute in what manner to commence the interview; when the old man addressed me — 'By your language, stranger, I suppose you are my countryman; — are you French?'
O never appeared surprised by events or irresolute in adversity.
They tried not to be publicly judgmental about the character of the incumbent president, but they believed his celebrated political talents disguised an immature and irresolute nature.
Unsure what to do, the central authorities used what tools they had in counterproductive ways—irresolute and unpredictable stabs of force along with unenforceable attempts at economic blackmail.
After all, only a hopelessly dysfunctional, politically riven and terminally confused and irresolute society would respond to naked aggression by an oppressive Arab tyranny against its neighbor by launching a large-scale invasion, only to abruptly end hostilities with the aggressor government intact and still in power, settling instead for a long-term blockade to prevent the aggressor from rearming.
The president seems irresolute and unreliable, even when doing the right thing.
All this muddle adds to the sense that Mr. Obama is irresolute, weak and unreliable, even when doing the right thing.