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- (intransitive) To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate.
- (intransitive) To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.
- 1842, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Lady Anne Granard, volume 2, page 68:
- Courageous, patriotic, yet vacillating, many of the noblest principles and the purest intentions, men of large possessions and ancient names, under the afflicting circumstances of the times, failed to render service to their unhappy country, but involved themselves in irremediable ruin.
- 2004, Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage:
- On the streets of Berlin, Ruth and her compatriots vacillated "between hope and despair."
to sway unsteadily from one side to the other
to swing from one course of action or opinion to another
to be changeable, or inconsistent in speech or action
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- “vacillate” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “vacillate” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- vacillate at OneLook Dictionary Search.
vacillate f pl