Meaning of yea-and-nay in English:

yea-and-nay

Pronunciation /ˌjeɪən(d)ˈneɪ/ /ˌjeɪ(ə)n(d)ˈneɪ/

noun

  • 1Positive and negative statement (or command); affirmation and denial (or injunction and prohibition).

  • 2historical A name given to King Richard I of England (1157–99). Chiefly in "Richard Yea-and-Nay".

    The motivation for the name is unclear.

adjective

  • 1Of indefinite or indeterminate character; changeable; ambiguous.

  • 2rare Of a person: tending to affirm or deny indifferently or according to expediency; hesitating, vacillating, undecided.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in The Wycliffite Bible (early version). From yea + and + nay.