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Don’t mistake her thoughtfulness as weak indecision.
  leaving a decision unmade due to uncertainty; or a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
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Strongly Associated with:   decisive, decisive, indecisive, indecisive
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  • Don’t mistake her thoughtfulness as weak indecision.
  • She suffers from doubt and indecision.
  • It was but a little while before a certain indecision in his manner revealed another fearful fact to Becky — he could not find his way back!
    Mark Twain  --  Tom Sawyer
  • The easiest period in a crisis situation is actually the battle itself. The most difficult is the period of indecision—whether to fight or run away. And the most dangerous period is the aftermath.
    Richard Nixon

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  • Never, I thought, had his indecision of character been more apparent.
    Agatha Christie  --  The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  • ...there was in his movements a vague suggestion of weakness and indecision.
    Jack London  --  The Sea Wolf
  • The 12TH JUROR’S face is a mask of indecision,
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • In a crisis of indecision she cannot speak.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Balanced on a high peak of need, agonized by indecision, Ralph cried out: "Oh God, oh God!"
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • I was debating whether to stand there or run, and tarried in indecision a moment too long: I turned to flee but Uncle Jack was quicker.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • Thus are my hopes blasted by cowardice and indecision; I come back ignorant and disappointed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He did not begin, but, in his indecision, met her glance.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • He remembered those weeks of timid indecision, during which he had looked and longed and despaired of ever having the courage to ask her.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • ...the state of indecision in which she remained as to the extent of what she should communicate;
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • "I shall stay with Christy," observed Jim; as much as to say that he had the advantage of those simpletons; whereupon Letty put her hand up to her head and looked with jealous indecision from the one to the other.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Burris seemed to be afraid of a child half his height, and Miss Caroline took advantage of his indecision: "Burris, go home."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Numbly, I stand, shutting out the searching looks of my classmates, the glee on Marcus’s face, the indecision on Zak’s.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • A sudden moment of indecision hit him, causing a burst of panic.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • And the man’s face was twisted with indecision and the rage of everything ever taken for granted betrayed.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • The others just watched her go, stunned by the terrible news; stunned, too, by any sign of weakness or indecision from Emma.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It was an opportunity I’d already wasted; a split-second of gutless indecision that might’ve cost the ymbrynes their lives.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • After a minute of complete indecision he backed away a few yards and sat down.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Being found by the monster as I stand frozen in indecision is the stupidest way to die that I can think of.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Reynie stopped and stared at the metal chair and the blue helmet, racked with indecision.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Mr. Dandy looked around, his forehead a slash, his body a mass of indecision and rage.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • I could see the indecision in her face.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • On the ramp the SS men—the officers, the learned physicians, the guards—seemed to be milling about in an anxious sweat of indecision.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The light was poor in the cave, but I was watching carefully, and I could see indecision flicker momentarily across his face as he chose his next move.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • …them, all different colors and sizes, all painkillers according to Boris, but though sometimes they knocked my dad out cold I’d also heard him complaining how sometimes they kept him awake at night, so—after lying paralyzed with discomfort and indecision for a n hour or more, seasick and tossing, staring at the spokes of car lights wheeling across the ceiling—I snapped on the light again and scrabbled around in the nightstand drawer for the bag and selected two different colored pills,…
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Armstrong, after a moment of indecision, turned towards the latter.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I have no idea what to make of your indecision in stage one, but—
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • She walked a good few minutes, struggling with indecision.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The boy lay in a crumpled heap, barely moving, but Thomas was frozen by indecision, afraid to get involved.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • I clung stiffly to my axes, unmoving, racked by terror and indecision.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • For many tedious seconds I sat on the edge of my cot, swallowing indecision and tears.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • All this indecision about what to get for Hagar was new.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • The chaplain was tongue-tied with indecision for a moment.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Indignation, rage, indecision, agitation and much more crossed his face in rapid succession.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • A flicker of indecision ran through him, and he almost dropped it, but something stayed his hand.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I took a seat and then, after a brief period of indecision, slipped my arm around her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • All night, they went back and forth, and, as dawn neared, they had yet to reach a decision—which was perhaps what the div wanted, as their indecision would allow it to take five children instead of one.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • "How can the Emperor be undecided?" thought Rostov, but then even this indecision appeared to him majestic and enchanting, like everything else the Tsar did.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Whether Noirtier understood the young man’s indecision, or whether he had not full confidence in his docility, he looked uneasily at him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Having settled that I must go to the Blue Boar, my mind was much disturbed by indecision whether or not to take the Avenger.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • We know your indecision.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • After a few moments of indecision, I lay a hand on her shoulder.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • She remembered him back at Luke’s, calling her my girlfriend with no measure of doubt or indecision.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Khonsu seemed to be enjoying our indecision.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • It was but a little while before a certain indecision in his manner revealed another fearful fact to Becky—he could not find his way back!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • And for once, there was indecision scrawled across his pale features.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
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Associated words [difficulty]:   indecision [3] , decisive [2] , decisive [2] , indecisive [6] , indecisive [6]
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