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indecision
used in War and Peace

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Definition
leaving a decision unmade due to uncertainty; or a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
  • "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.
    Book Three — 1805 (49% in)
  • Better die a thousand times than risk receiving an unkind look or bad opinion from him," Rostov decided; and sorrowfully and with a heart full despair he rode away, continually looking back at the Tsar, who still remained in the same attitude of indecision.
    Book Three — 1805 (94% in)
  • Julie saw Boris' indecision, and sometimes the thought occurred to her that she was repulsive to him, but her feminine self-deception immediately supplied her with consolation, and she told herself that he was only shy from love.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (25% in)
  • This was the party of the elders, reasonable men experienced and capable in state affairs, who, without sharing any of those conflicting opinions, were able to take a detached view of what was going on at the staff at headquarters and to consider means of escape from this muddle, indecision, intricacy, and weakness.
    Book Nine — 1812 (42% in)
  • The armies were divided, there was no unity of command, and Barclay was unpopular; but from this confusion, division, and the unpopularity of the foreign commander in chief, there resulted on the one hand indecision and the avoidance of a battle (which we could not have refrained from had the armies been united and had someone else, instead of Barclay, been in command) and on the other an ever-increasing indignation against the foreigners and an increase in patriotic zeal.
    Book Ten — 1812 (2% in)
  • The officer stood perplexed and his face showed indecision.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (51% in)
  • He again paused in indecision.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (53% in)
  • As if this action had some mysterious and menacing significance, the workmen surrounding the publican paused in indecision.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (55% in)
  • Evidently it has to be so," said he to himself, and hastily undressing he got into bed, happy and agitated but free from hesitation or indecision.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (32% in)
  • He is needed for the place that awaits him, and so almost apart from his will and despite his indecision, his lack of a plan, and all his mistakes, he is drawn into a conspiracy that aims at seizing power and the conspiracy is crowned with success.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (41% in)

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