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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [vas-uh-ley-shuh n]
    • /ˌvæs əˈleɪ ʃən/
    • /ˈvæs.ɪ.leɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [vas-uh-ley-shuh n]
    • /ˌvæs əˈleɪ ʃən/

Definitions of vacillation word

  • noun vacillation an act or instance of vacillating. 1
  • noun vacillation a state of indecision or irresolution. 1
  • noun vacillation unsteady movement; fluctuation. 1
  • noun vacillation hesitation 1
  • noun vacillation fluctuation between two alternatives 1
  • noun vacillation Indecision in speech or action. 0

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Origin of vacillation

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English vacillacion < Latin vacillātiōn- (stem of vacillātiō) a swaying. See vacillate, -ion

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Parts of speech for Vacillation


vacillation popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for vacillation

noun vacillation

  • agnosticism — Agnosticism is the belief that it is not possible to say definitely whether or not there is a God. Compare atheism.
  • capriciousness — subject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change; erratic: He's such a capricious boss I never know how he'll react.
  • changeability — liable to change or to be changed; variable.
  • demurral — the act or an instance of demurring
  • disequilibrium — lack of equilibrium; imbalance.

Antonyms for vacillation

noun vacillation

  • constancy — Constancy is the quality of staying the same even though other things change.
  • dependability — software reliability
  • determination — Determination is the quality that you show when you have decided to do something and you will not let anything stop you.
  • dogmatism — dogmatic character; unfounded positiveness in matters of opinion; arrogant assertion of opinions as truths.
  • fidelity — strict observance of promises, duties, etc.: a servant's fidelity.

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