Synonyms for vacillateˈvæs əˌleɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

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

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

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

  2. fluctuate, vacillate, waver(verb)

    move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern

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

Wiktionary

  1. vacillate(verb)

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

    Synonyms:
    stagger

  2. vacillate(verb)

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

    Synonyms:
    waffle, blow hot and cold

English Synonyms and Antonyms, by James Champlin Fernald

  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.

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

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

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