Definition of indecision in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌindəˈsiZH(ə)n/


The inability to make a decision quickly.
Example sentences
  • At every stage, ambivalence and indecision has meant that decisions were forced upon them by events on the ground.
  • At what point does indecision, does the inability to act at all, become legitimately frightening?
  • She seemed to hover in indecision for a second, and then made the abrupt decision to speak.
indecisiveness, irresolution, hesitancy, hesitation, tentativeness;
ambivalence, doubt, doubtfulness, uncertainty, incertitude;
vacillation, wavering, equivocation, second thoughts;
shilly-shallying, dithering, temporizing, hemming and hawing, dilly-dallying, sitting on the fence
formal dubiety


Mid 18th century: from French indécision, from in- (expressing negation) + décision, from Latin decisio(n-), from the verb decidere (see decide).

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