(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Doubtful]
Syn. vacilLating, wavering, irresolute, indecisive; see doubtful 2 , reluctant .
2. [Slow]
Syn. delaying, faltering, reluctant, disinclined; see reluctant , slow 2 , unwilling .
See Synonym Study at reluctant .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
reluctant, irresolute, faltering, undecided, balking, tentative, wavering, halting, unsure, stalling, dallying.
ANT.: decided, firm, confident
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Given to or exhibiting hesitation: halting, indecisive, irresolute, pendulous, shilly-shally, tentative, timid, vacillant, vacillatory. See DECIDE.

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