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irresolution

[ih-rez-uh-loo-shuh n] /ɪˌrɛz əˈlu ʃən/
noun
1.
lack of resolution; lack of decision or purpose; vacillation.
Origin of irresolution
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; irresolute + -ion
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  • This event completed the conquest of Boabdil over his own irresolution.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • We see the effects of this irresolution, although we cannot assign a cause for it.

    Reflections Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
  • I cannot profess sorrow for that, nor irresolution in that, nor shame in that.

  • In this state of irresolution Gomez Arias remained for some time.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • Jean gave vent to a muttered oath in his irresolution and despair.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • An accidental circumstance was the cause of his irresolution.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • But she did not go and only stood still, trembling with irresolution.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • It was evident that he laboured under some irresolution that he could not master.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • A gust of irresolution swayed all sorts of bizarre notions in his mind.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • His mind, floating in irresolution and discontent, recognized it with bitterness.

Word Origin and History for irresolution
n.

1590s, from French irrésolution (16c.), from ir-, assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + résolution (see resolution).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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