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unsteadfastness

Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being unsteadfast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being unsteadfast; inconstancy; fickleness.

Etymologies

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From unsteadfast +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Their unsteadfastness is further evidenced, by conforming to other ecclesiastical communities in the loose practice of occasional or indiscriminate hearing; and even in some instances of ministerial intercommunion -- the law of their church on that matter having become obsolete.

    Act, Declaration, & Testimony for the Whole of our Covenanted Reformation, as Attained to, and Established in Britain and Ireland; Particularly Betwixt the Years 1638 and 1649, Inclusive

  • The king saw his mistake in his promise, and gave him the maiden, being loth to undo his heedlessness by fickleness, and that the weight of his pledge might seem the greater; though it is held an act more of ripe judgment than of unsteadfastness to take back a foolish promise.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

  • For S. Mark by his only doctrine quencheth the unsteadfastness of the heretics, he engendered the great melody of the praising of God, and confirmed the church.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 3

  • You see I have an ineradicable faith in your unsteadfastness, -- but mind you, I didn't invent that faith, you conferred it on me yourself.

    Complete Letters of Mark Twain

  • Alas for him, if by the persuasion of others, or his own unsteadfastness, this reluctance is overcome.

    You Must Labor For Salvation

  • Even, if there was no more in the story than what has been here given, no wonder that a heart like Burns, which, for all its unsteadfastness, never lost its sensibility, nor even a sense of conscience, should have been visited by the remorse which forms the burden of the lyric to Mary in heaven, written three years after. (p.  029)

    Robert Burns

  • As a Methodist, there was then no possible opening of the kind he wished for, whatever there may be at a later day, when hardly any religious body keeps itself to itself but is daily invaded by efforts and struggles, apings after something coveted and difficult of attainment, and when the term evangelical is a word signifying the loosening of all proper bonds and the admission of dangerous degrees and shades of doubtful moral unsteadfastness.

    Ringfield A Novel

  • In deed when we consider the difficulty of the thing, and the weakness and unsteadfastness of our own minds, how apt we are to give over when we meet with great opposition and resistance, we might justly be discouraged in our attempts, if we had no thing but our own strength to trust to: but God bath promised to stand by us, and second us in the conflict; and if he be for us, what can stand against us!

    The Works of Dr. John Tillotson, Late Archbishop of Canterbury. Vol. 10.

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