vacillation

  • 1 vacillation — Vacillation. s. f. v. Branslement, mouvement irregulier tantost d un costé, tantost d un autre. Il n a guere d usage au propre. La vacillation d une barque, d un vaisseau, d un bateau. Il signifie figur. Variation, incertitude, irresolution.… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 2 Vacillation — Vac il*la tion, n. [L. vacillatio: cf. F. vacillation.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of vacillating; a moving one way and the other; a wavering. [1913 Webster] His vacillations, or an alternation of knowledge and doubt. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 vacillation — index ambivalence, doubt (indecision), hesitation, incertitude, inconsistency, indecision Burton s Legal Thesaurus …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 vacillation — (n.) c.1400, from L. vacillationem (nom. vacillatio) a reeling, wavering, noun of action from pp. stem of vacillare sway to and fro. Originally in reference to opinion or conduct; literal sense is recorded from 1630s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 vacillation — Vacillation, Vacillatio …

    Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • 6 vacillation — vacillement [ vasijmɑ̃; vasilmɑ̃ ] n. m. • 1606; de vaciller 1 ♦ Mouvement, oscillation de ce qui vacille. « À voir sous la cognée tomber ces grands arbres, avec des vacillements de blessés à mort » (Goncourt). 2 ♦ Fig. Hésitation à agir, à… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 7 VACILLATION — s. f. Mouvement de ce qui vacille. La vacillation d une barque. La vacillation de la lumière.   Il signifie figurément, Incertitude, irrésolution, variation. Vacillation dans les sentiments. Vacillation dans les opinions, dans les projets. La… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 8 VACILLATION — n. f. Mouvement de ce qui vacille. La vacillation d’une barque. La vacillation de la lumière. Il signifie figurément Incertitude, irrésolution, variation. Vacillation dans les sentiments. La vacillation des témoins rendit les dépositions… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 9 vacillation — (va sil la sion ; en vers, de cinq syllabes) s. f. 1°   Mouvement de ce qui vacille. Vacillation d une barque, d une lumière. 2°   Fig. Irrésolution, variation. Vacillation des témoins. •   J ai dit mon credo avant que d ouvrir l Écriture ; vaut… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 10 vacillation — /vas euh lay sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of vacillating. 2. a state of indecision or irresolution. 3. unsteady movement; fluctuation. [1350 1400; ME vacillacion < L vacillation (s. of vacillatio) a swaying. See VACILLATE, ION] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 11 vacillation — vacillate ► VERB ▪ waver between different opinions or actions. DERIVATIVES vacillation noun. ORIGIN Latin vacillare sway …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 vacillation — noun Date: 15th century 1. an act or instance of vacillating 2. inability to take a stand ; irresolution, indecision …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 vacillation — noun a) Indecision in speech or action. b) Changing location by moving back and forth. Syn: hesitation, wavering, swing …

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  • 14 vacillation — Synonyms and related words: alternation, capriciousness, chance, chanciness, changeableness, dallying, demurral, dillydallying, equivocation, erraticism, erraticness, fickleness, fluctuation, frequency, frequency band, frequency spectrum,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 Vacillation — 1. Vaklen, tøven 2. Ustadighed …

    Danske encyklopædi

  • 16 vacillation — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. uncertainty; fluctuation; hesitation, faltering, shillyshallying. See doubt, oscillation, changeableness. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Swaying] Syn. vibration, swing, fluctuation; see sway 1 , wave 2 . 2.… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 vacillation — vac·il·la·tion || ‚væsɪ leɪʃn n. swaying to and fro, fluctuation; hesitation, wavering …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 vacillation — n. 1. Swaying, reeling, staggering, rocking. 2. Wavering, fluctuation, hesitation, unsteadiness, inconstancy …

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  • 19 vacillation — n 1. indecision, indecisiveness, shillyshally, shilly shallying, tergiversation, fence sitting, fence straddling; irresolution, irresoluteness, uncertainty, incertitude, unsureness, infirmity of purpose, unsettledness, ambivalence, double… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 20 vacillation — vac·il·la·tion …

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