- 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.
Origin of vacillate
Synonyms for vacillate
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Historical Examples of vacillator
The youth has within him both a Hamlet and a Saint-Just, both a vacillator and a zealot.Romain Rolland
Anything to arouse this personator of our human mutability, this vacillator between doing and letting alone!
- to fluctuate in one's opinions; be indecisive
- to sway from side to side physically; totter or waver
Word Origin for vacillate
1590s, "to sway unsteadily," from Latin vacillatum, from vacillare (see vacillation). Meaning "to waver between two opinions or courses" is recorded from 1620s. Related: Vacillated; vacillates; vacillating.