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Roget category 605

5. Words relating to the voluntary powers
5.1. Volition in general
›› 5.1.1. Acts of volition

#605. Irresolution


irresolution, infirmity of purpose, indecisionindetermination, undeterminationunsettlementuncertainty etc. 475demur, suspensehesitating etc. v., hesitation, hesitancyvacillationchangeableness etc. 149fluctuationalternation etc. (oscillation) 314caprice etc. 608.
fickleness, levity, legerete [Fr.]pliancy etc. (softness) 324weaknesstimidity etc. 860cowardice etc. 862half measures.
waverer, ass between two bundles of hayshuttlecock, butterflywimpdoughface [U.S.].


be irresolute etc. adj. — hang in suspense, keep in suspenseleave "ad referendum"; think twice about, pausedawdle etc. (inactivity) 683remain neuterdillydally, hesitate, boggle, hover, dacker, hum and haw, demur, not know one's own minddebate, balancedally with, coquet withwill and will not, chaser-balancergo halfway, compromise, make a compromisebe thrown off one's balance, stagger like a drunken manbe afraid etc. 860let 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would'" [Macbeth]; falter, waver vacillate etc. 149change etc. 140retract etc. 607fluctuatependulatealternate etc. (oscillate) 314keep off and on, play fast and looseblow hot and cold etc. (caprice) 608.
shuffle, palter, blinktrim.


irresolute, infirm of purpose, double-minded, half-heartedundecided, unresolved, undeterminedshilly-shallyfidgety, tremuloushesitating etc. v. — off one's balanceat a loss etc. (uncertain) 475.
vacillating etc. v. — unsteady etc. (changeable) 149unsteadfast, fickle, without ballastcapricious etc. 608volatile, frothylight, lightsome, light-mindedgiddyfast and loose.
weak, feeble-minded, frailtimid, wimpish, wimpy etc. 860cowardly etc. 862dough-faced [U.S.]facilepliant etc. (soft) 324unable to say 'no', easy-going revocable, reversible.


irresolutely etc. adj. — irresolved, irresolvedlyin faltering accentsoff and onfrom pillar to postseesaw etc. 314.


how happy could I be with either! " [Gay].

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