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Definition uncertain how to act or proceed
  • When I came to you last week and found you alone, I came determined to know the truth; though irresolute what to do when it WAS known.
    Austen, Jane  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
    Sir Winston Churchill
  • Still I perceived clearly that many of those least friendly towards me looked irresolute and anxious.
    Melville, Herman  --  Typee
  • I turned half round to follow, but stood irresolute.
    Bierce, Ambrose  --  Can Such Things Be?
  • Gabriel held her hand for a moment longer, irresolutely, and then, shy of intruding on her grief, let it fall gently and walked quietly to the window.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • For some time Deerslayer was irresolute as to his course; but, in the end, he retraced his steps, and joined the Delaware.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • He followed irresolutely for a little distance, half a pace behind her.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He stood irresolute for a moment and then shouted out to the ship in general.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • For a fraction of a second he stood, irresolute, in front of Hagrid's door.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • At length Will, seeming to bethink himself, took up his hat, yet stood some moments irresolute.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But how sad, despairing, and irresolute he must have felt, to judge from this ship whose soul he was, which reflected his every mood!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Colonel Clapperton looked a little irresolute.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • There being still no answer, I went out at the door, irresolute what to do.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He stood irresolute, making some excuse about his mother who expected him; he even muttered something about an engagement.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • He looked then for weakness in her face, for fear or irresolution, and there was none.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • And irresolute princes, to avoid present dangers, generally follow the neutral path, and are generally ruined.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • " 'I had immense plans,' he muttered irresolutely.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • He stepped forward; but Boromir stood irresolute and did not follow.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • He now furtively raised his eyes: he glanced at me, irresolute, disturbed: he again surveyed the picture.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I stood there irresolutely for a moment.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men

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