irresolute [adj] indecisive changing, doubtful, doubting, faltering, fearful, fickle, fluctuating, halfhearted*, halting, hesitant, hesitating, hotand-cold*, infirm, on-the-fence*, shaky, tentative, timid, uncertain, undecided, undetermined, unsettled, unstable, unsteady, vacillating, waffling*, wavering, weak, weak-kneed*, wimpy*, wishy-washy*, wobbly; concepts 403,535 —Ant. definite, determined, obstinate, resolute, stubborn, unyielding, willful

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  • Irresolute — Ir*res o*lute, a. [Pref. ir not + resolute: cf. F. irr[ e]solu, L. irresolutus not loosened.] Not resolute; not decided or determined; wavering; given to doubt or irresolution. [1913 Webster] Weak and irresolute is man. Cowper. Syn: Wavering;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • irresolute — I adjective capricious, changeable, changeful, doubtful, doubting, dubius, erratic, faltering, fickle, fluctuating, frivolous, hesitant, hesitating, incertus, indecisive, infirm of purpose, lukewarm, mercurial, mutable, oscillating, spineless,… …   Law dictionary

  • irresolute — (adj.) 1570s, from L. irresolutus, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + resolutus (see RESOLUTE (Cf. resolute)). Related: Irresolutely …   Etymology dictionary

  • irresolute — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ uncertain. DERIVATIVES irresolutely adverb irresolution noun …   English terms dictionary

  • irresolute — [i rez′ə lo͞ot΄] adj. [L irresolutus] not resolute; wavering in decision, purpose, or opinion; indecisive; vacillating irresolutely adv. irresoluteness n. irresolution n …   English World dictionary

  • irresolute — [[t]ɪre̱zəluːt[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is irresolute cannot decide what to do. [FORMAL] The worst reason to launch an attack would be a fear of seeming irresolute... I stood irresolute beside my car. Syn: indecisive …   English dictionary

  • irresolute — adjective Date: 1579 uncertain how to act or proceed ; vacillating < irresolute legislators > • irresolutely adverb • irresoluteness noun • irresolution noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • irresolute — adjective once again, faced with an important issue, this legislative body sits irresolute and utterly useless Syn: indecisive, hesitant, vacillating, equivocating, dithering, wavering, shilly shallying; ambivalent, blowing hot and cold, of two… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • irresolute — irresolutely, adv. irresoluteness, n. /i rez euh looht /, adj. not resolute; doubtful; infirm of purpose; vacillating. [1565 75; IR 2 + RESOLUTE] * * * …   Universalium

  • irresolute — adjective a) Undecided or unsure how to act b) Indecisive or lacking in resolution Ant: resolute …   Wiktionary

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