Meaning of vacillating in English:

vacillating

Pronunciation /ˈvasɪleɪtɪŋ/

adjective

  • Wavering between different opinions or actions; irresolute.

    ‘he was accused of vacillating leadership’
    • ‘Following the presentation, the three of them spend a number of weeks vacillating over a possible trip.’
    • ‘What really saved him now was the wavering, vacillating character of the enemy.’
    • ‘The hegemony of the antiwar camp would not have survived the pressure of the media, particularly with such a vacillating leadership.’
    • ‘In Hwang's opinion, Cabinet members should have the professional capability to cope with emergencies in today's vacillating political arena.’
    • ‘Over the last month, media coverage of the presidential race has been driven by wildly vacillating poll numbers.’
    • ‘The screen is split in a trippy, vacillating foursquare divide.’
    • ‘Soviet instability has been exacerbated by a vacillating, indecisive economic policy.’
    • ‘The colonial period was marked by the vacillating popularity of French influence over Merina elites.’
    • ‘A massive global pool of vacillating speculative finance has evolved.’
    • ‘Needless to say, the results are wildly uneven, vacillating from a hushed lament to a blistering assault within seconds.’
    • ‘Tony Blair is coyly vacillating on the issue of standing for European Council president.’
    • ‘Power and leadership require an understanding of what Machiavelli called the mob, from the Latin mobile vulgus, meaning vacillating / riotous crowd.’
    • ‘He is too timid and vacillating about his own faith to offer an untrammeled affirmation of it.’
    • ‘He said vacillating statements by Pakistani leaders have only confused the situation. Asked’
    • ‘Pollution, however, is an intrinsically gray issue - and when such questions arise, Rothbard winds up awkwardly vacillating between two unsatisfactory extreme positions.’
    • ‘Hsu and DPP Councilor Wang Shih-chien said the altered words showed the government had attempted to downplay the scandal and was vacillating in its handling of the matter.’
    • ‘While the markets are vacillating, this is as a good a time as any to brush up on some of your companies' fundamentals.’
    • ‘The neighboring paintings, by contrast, were phantasmagorically alive, their fine ribbons of line vacillating between chance and intention.’
    • ‘After four years of private tutoring, Anderson's days of vacillating between careers in religion and teaching were over.’
    • ‘I'll just keep going to shows, quietly vacillating between fretting and rocking out.’
    irresolute, hesitant, tentative, dithering, wavering, teetering, fluctuating, ambivalent, divided, doubtful, unsure, uncertain, in two minds, undecided, indefinite, unresolved, undetermined
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