vacillate


vacillate

verb (used without object), vac·il·lat·ed, vac·il·lat·ing.

  1. to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor leader.
  2. to sway unsteadily; waver; totter; stagger.
  3. to oscillate or fluctuate.

verb (intr)

  1. to fluctuate in one’s opinions; be indecisive
  2. to sway from side to side physically; totter or waver
v.

1590s, “to sway unsteadily,” from Latin vacillatum, from vacillare (see vacillation). Meaning “to waver between two opinions or courses” is recorded from 1620s. Related: Vacillated; vacillates; vacillating.

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