• WordNet 3.6
    • n indecisiveness the trait of irresolution; a lack of firmness of character or purpose "the king's incurable indecisiveness caused turmoil in his court"
    • n indecisiveness doubt concerning two or more possible alternatives or courses of action "his indecision was only momentary but the opportunity was lost"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Indecisiveness The state of being indecisive; unsettled state.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n indecisiveness The state of being indecisive; an unsettled state.
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  • George Canning
    George Canning
    “Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “Indecision is the seedling of fear.”
  • Graffiti
    “I used to be indecisive; now I'm not sure.”
  • H. A. Hopf
    H. A. Hopf
    “Indecision is debilitating; it feeds upon itself; it is, one might almost say, habit-forming. Not only that, but it is contagious; it transmits itself to others.”
  • Oscar Levant
    “Once I make up my mind, I'm full of indecision.”
  • Oscar Levant
    “Once he makes up his mind, he's full of indecision. [On Dwight D. Eisenhower]”


In literature:

You must now lay aside all doubt and indecision.
"Frederick the Great and His Court" by L. Mühlbach
His attitude expressed profound dejection and one could read his indecision in his eyes.
"Monsieur Lecoq" by Emile Gaboriau
It was the talk about his people that had raised this damned uneasiness and indecision, he thought.
"The Barrier" by Rex Beach
And, after a moment's indecision, she decided to telephone her daughter at the Burning Woods Club.
"The Treasure" by Kathleen Norris
He paused, cast about him a glance of indecision, and finally pressed the electric bell.
"The Whirlpool" by George Gissing
He looked indecisively for a moment at their faces.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
He tried to help himself through the time of indecision by saying that there was no hurry.
"The Nether World" by George Gissing
Another day or two of indecision, then in obedience to an impulse he could no longer resist, he sought speech with the deacon Pelagius.
"Veranilda" by George Gissing
He shook with indecision, he gulped down his bitterness, he handed the golden coin.
"The Town Traveller" by George Gissing
She led a life of indecision.
"A Life's Morning" by George Gissing
A dreadful indecision was harassing her.
"The Odd Women" by George Gissing
The landlady marked her indecision.
"Sparrows" by Horace W. C. Newte
This letter threw her into an agony of indecision.
"Martie the Unconquered" by Kathleen Norris
Inside, there was the silence of a deeply troubled indecision.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
He was not a man who could live comfortably in indecision.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
There are looks of indecision, tense resolve, and helpless perplexity.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
With its wonted indecision, Congress dallied with this bold proposal until late in the following February.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
And so, no wonder if in the misery of her indecision, Janet's words grew fewer and sharper as the days wore on.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
After a brief indecision, I made my way to the bed, rolled myself in the blankets, and laid down between the four pineapple-topped posts.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
The interview between the two men at Corte was, therefore, indecisive.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane

In poetry:

Gone!--'twas only a vision!--
Gone! like a thought, a gleam!--
Such to our indecision
Utter no empty mission,
Truer than that they seem.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
Yes, in the storm of passion, in the eddy
Of indecision--pardon--oh! thou wilt
No longer care, I fear, to find in me
One feature of thy Assad.
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Eyes that so clear saw the wonderful vision
Looked far away beyond earth's indecision.
Snow-white unfolded the pinions that later
Bore thee to the greater.
"Frida" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
And scanning the scene with a stern indecision,
He spread his dark wings, with intuitive cries,
And sped, till acute and inquisitive vision
Discerned but a movable speck in the skies.
"Suggested" by Alfred Castner King
I would know how to find for you the unbearable place
Where so long you have dwelled inside me
You the living more indecisive than sand castles
You who fear only the sound that blood makes in the chest
"The High Walls Of My Life" by Rene Guy Cadou
My friends all know that I am shy,
But the chipmunk is twice and shy and I.
He moves with flickering indecision
Like stripes across the television.
He's like the shadow of a cloud,
Or Emily Dickinson read aloud.
"The Chipmunk" by Ogden Nash

In news:

The heat has taken a toll on my appetite, rendering it both small and indecisive.
Indecision today becomes the decision that affects the future.
To keep your start-up from dying of indecision, you have to give real authority to the members of your team.
Texas' QB indecision is counterproductive .
Premier's decisive indecision on oil pipeline is a no-win strategy.
Comedy Central's Indecision Game (for iPad).
Declaring Independence With Indecision .
Indecision Plagues TV Pilot Season.
Futures slide on Greek indecision .
Comedy Central's Indecision 2012 comes to UC.
Don't feel bad: Even the greatest leaders suffer from indecision .
However, that's not to say the Lubbock court was indecisive .
INDECISION '08: Ryan Mallett's mom nixes reports about son's transfer to UCLA.
Hacks and Indecision play with legends.
This indecision has been compounded by the conflict between the need.

In science:

First, it may be the case that our indecision concerning α1 or α2 persists after the revision, and, in this case, the revised theory is naturally the disjunction of the revisions.
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision
When the value does not differ significantly from the expectation value, the test is indecisive. Now one must be careful with the meaning of significantly.
On a Possible Indicator of Homogeneity of the Universe
We shall also interchangeably use the term indecisive.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
In fact, if A2 (N ) ⊆ C (i), we would have q((N \ C (i)) ∪ { pi }) < q(N ) = q(C (i) \ { pi }) and hence pi would be indecisive in C (i), contradicting our hypothesis.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
It can be checked that all coalitions satisfying the above requirements are members of WC3(i). (ii) If A2 (N ) ⊆ X , then it must be true that pi ∈ X , and X can only contain this single member from A1 (N ), because otherwise pi would be indecisive.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
Any failure of extendability would give a new proof of the Banaschewski-Rosick´y Theorem 5.1; so far, however, there has been nothing but success (or indecision).
A Survey of Ultraproduct Constructions in General Topology
For (general) bi-cooperative games, one can keep the same kind of interpretation: v (S, T ) is the worth of coalition S when T is the opposite coalition, and N \ S ∪ T is the set of indifferent (indecise) players.
Bi-capacities -- Part I: definition, M\"obius transform and interaction
The second half of each table gives in percentage the number of times our proposed model selection procedure based on HI h favors the poisson model, the geometric model, and indecisive.
Minimum penalized Hellinger distance for model selection in small samples
In the first two sets of experiments (π = 0.00 and π = 1.00) where one model is correctly specified, we use the labels ‘correct’, ‘incorrect’ and ‘indecisive’ results.
Minimum penalized Hellinger distance for model selection in small samples
When the pion decays the electron and the positron go into a kind of state of indecision.
The EPR Paradox for the Uninitiated