vacillation


vacillation

noun

  1. an act or instance of vacillating.
  2. a state of indecision or irresolution.
  3. unsteady movement; fluctuation.
n.

c.1400, from Latin vacillationem (nominative vacillatio) “a reeling, wavering,” noun of action from past participle stem of vacillare “sway to and fro.” Originally in reference to opinion or conduct; literal sense is recorded from 1630s.

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