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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [vas-uh-leyt]
    • /ˈvæs əˌleɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [vas-uh-leyt]
    • /ˈvæs əˌleɪt/

Definitions of vacillator word

  • verb without object vacillator to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor leader. 1
  • verb without object vacillator to sway unsteadily; waver; totter; stagger. 1
  • verb without object vacillator to oscillate or fluctuate. 1
  • noun vacillator One who vacillates. 0

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Origin of vacillator

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; < Latin vacillātus (past participle of vacillāre to sway to and fro); see -ate1

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Parts of speech for Vacillator


vacillator popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 70% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

vacillator usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for vacillator

noun vacillator

  • carpetbagger — If you call someone a carpetbagger, you disapprove of them because they are trying to become a politician in an area which is not their home, simply because they think they are more likely to succeed there.
  • ditherer — a trembling; vibration.
  • equivocator — Agent noun of equivocate; one who equivocates.
  • hesitater — One who hesitates.
  • opportunist — a person who practices opportunism, or the policy of adapting actions, decisions, etc., to effectiveness regardless of the sacrifice of ethical principles: He is an extreme opportunist and always thinks the ends justify the means.

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