First recorded in 1805–15; vacillate + -ing2 (Source: dictionary.com)
Definitions of Vacillating
- not resolute; wavering; indecisive; hesitating:
- oscillating; swaying; fluctuating:
- inclined to waver; indecisive
verb (used without object)
- to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute:
- to sway unsteadily; waver; totter; stagger.
- to oscillate or fluctuate.
- to fluctuate in one's opinions; be indecisive
- to sway from side to side physically; totter or waver
- Wavering between different opinions or actions; irresolute.
- : to waver in mind, will, or feeling : hesitate in choice of opinions or courses
- : to sway through lack of equilibrium
- : fluctuate, oscillate
Example sentences for Vacillating
- Vacillating between silly and serious, the talk with Ansari is interrupted several times with giggling—most of it his own.
- Vacillating and unintelligent, his actions were all guided by his mistress, Mme Bonnemain.
- I suppose it is characteristic of people who tic to be fickle and vacillating.
- For her restless and vacillating husband—he was this in her eyes as she mused—she had discovered nothing new in six years.
- There was no halting here, at all events; no vacillating between Christ and present things.
- You are, as you will be all your life, vacillating between your own temperament and the habits you acquired in the convent.
- That prince was a cruel despot, but weak-willed, vacillating, and totally unable to keep a friend.
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