[ vas-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈvæs əˌleɪt /
verb (used without object), vac·il·lat·ed, vac·il·lat·ing.
to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor leader.
to sway unsteadily; waver; totter; stagger.
to oscillate or fluctuate.
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Origin of vacillate
1590–1600; < Latin vacillātus (past participle of vacillāre to sway to and fro); see -ate1
OTHER WORDS FROM vacillatevac·il·la·tor, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for vacillator
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British Dictionary definitions for vacillator
/ (ˈvæsɪˌleɪt) /
to fluctuate in one's opinions; be indecisive
to sway from side to side physically; totter or waver
Derived forms of vacillatevacillation, nounvacillator, noun
Word Origin for vacillate
C16: from Latin vacillāre to sway, of obscure origin
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