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Synonyms for vacillateˈvæs əˌleɪt

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  1. hover, vibrate, vacillate, oscillate(verb)

    be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

    "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"

    waver, loom, levitate, fluctuate, bulk large, linger, resonate, brood, hover, thrill, vibrate, tickle, oscillate

  2. fluctuate, vacillate, waver(verb)

    move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern

    "the line on the monitor vacillated"

    quaver, waver, hesitate, falter, flicker, fluctuate, waffle, weave, flitter, quiver, flutter, hover, vibrate, oscillate


  1. vacillate(verb)

    To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate.


  2. vacillate(verb)

    To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

    waffle, blow hot and cold

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. vacillate

    To fluctuate (Latin fluctus, a wave) is to move like a wave with alternate rise and fall. A pendulum oscillates; waves fluctuate or undulate; a light or a flame wavers; a frightened steed swerves from his course; a tool or weapon swerves from the mark or line; the temperature varies; the wind veers when it suddenly changes its direction. That which veers may steadily hold the new direction; that which oscillates, fluctuates, undulates, or wavers returns upon its way. As regards mental states, he who hesitates sticks (Latin hærere) on the verge of decision; he who wavers does not stick to a decision; he who vacillates decides now one way, and now another; one vacillates between contrasted decisions or actions; he may waver between decision and indecision, or between action and inaction. Persons hesitate, vacillate, waver; feelings fluctuate or vary. Compare SHAKE.

    fluctuate, hesitate, oscillate, swerve, undulate, vary, veer, waver

    abide, adhere, hold fast, persist, stand fast, stay, stick

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. vacillate

    fluctuate, dubitate, waver, be unsteady

    determine, abide, adhere

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. vacillate(v. n.)

    sway, reel, stagger, rock, move to and fro

  2. vacillate(v. n.)

    waver, fluctuate, hesitate, be inconstant, be unsettled, be unsteady, play fast and loose, blow hot and cold, box the compass, run with the hare and hunt with the hound, be a weathercock

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