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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [vas-uh-ley-ting]
    • /ˈvæs əˌleɪ tɪŋ/
    • /ˈvæs.ɪ.leɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [vas-uh-ley-ting]
    • /ˈvæs əˌleɪ tɪŋ/

Definitions of vacillating word

  • adjective vacillating not resolute; wavering; indecisive; hesitating: an ineffectual, vacillating person. 1
  • adjective vacillating oscillating; swaying; fluctuating: a vacillating indicator. 1
  • verb without object vacillating to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor leader. 1
  • verb without object vacillating to sway unsteadily; waver; totter; stagger. 1
  • verb without object vacillating to oscillate or fluctuate. 1
  • adjective vacillating inclined to waver; indecisive 0

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Origin of vacillating

First appearance:

before 1805
One of the 41% newest English words
First recorded in 1805-15; vacillate + -ing2

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Parts of speech for Vacillating


vacillating popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 62% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for vacillating

adv vacillating

  • alternately — in an alternating sequence or position
  • back and forth — If someone moves back and forth, they repeatedly move in one direction and then in the opposite direction.
  • from pillar to post — an upright shaft or structure, of stone, brick, or other material, relatively slender in proportion to its height, and of any shape in section, used as a building support, or standing alone, as for a monument: Gothic pillars; a pillar to commemorate Columbus.

adj vacillating

  • ambivalent — If you say that someone is ambivalent about something, they seem to be uncertain whether they really want it, or whether they really approve of it.
  • anile — of or like a feeble old woman
  • ashake — in a shaking manner
  • astraddle — with a leg on either side of something
  • betwixt and between — in an intermediate, indecisive, or middle position

adjective vacillating

  • amoebalike — Having the characteristics of an amoeba.
  • aquake — Quaking.
  • claudicant — (medicine) limping.
  • fickle — likely to change, especially due to caprice, irresolution, or instability; casually changeable: fickle weather.
  • fluctuating — to change continually; shift back and forth; vary irregularly: The price of gold fluctuated wildly last month.

adverb vacillating

  • indecisively — characterized by indecision, as persons; irresolute; undecided.
  • irresolutely — In an irresolute or wavering manner.
  • waveringly — to sway to and fro; flutter: Foliage wavers in the breeze.

Antonyms for vacillating

adj vacillating

  • as a matter of course — If you do something as a matter of course, you do it as part of your normal work or way of life.
  • deductive — Deductive reasoning involves drawing conclusions logically from other things that are already known.
  • determined — of unwavering mind; resolute; firm
  • doctrinal — of, relating to, or concerned with doctrine: a doctrinal dispute.
  • dogmatic — relating to or of the nature of a dogma or dogmas or any strong set of principles concerning faith, morals, etc., as those laid down by a church; doctrinal: We hear dogmatic arguments from both sides of the political spectrum.

adjective vacillating

  • equable — (of a person) not easily disturbed or angered; calm and even-tempered.
  • hardboiled — Alternative spelling of hard-boiled.
  • wrongheaded — wrong in judgment or opinion; misguided and stubborn; perverse.

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