(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. infirm of purpose, of two minds, halfhearted; dubious, undecided, unresolved, undetermined; hesitating, on the fence; at a loss; vacillating, unsteady, changeable, fickle, capricious, volatile; weak, timid, cowardly. See doubt, fear, changeableness.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. indecisive, undecided, wavering, faltering, vacilLating, uncertain, fluctuating, unsettled, hesitant, hesitating, doubting, ambivalent, unstable, inconstant, fickle, fearful, timid, undetermined, wobbly, halfhearted, weak-willed, shilly-shallying, pussyfooting*, wishy-washy*; see also changeable 1 , shaky 1 , undecided .
Ant. resolute*, firm, determined.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
wavering, indecisive, vacillating, undecided, dubious, wishy-washy, doubtful, hesitant, undetermined, *hot and cold, halfhearted.
ANT.: resolute, resolved, firm, determined
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Given to or exhibiting hesitation: halting, hesitant, indecisive, pendulous, shilly-shally, tentative, timid, vacillant, vacillatory. See DECIDE.

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