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synonyms for vacillate

  • dither
  • fluctuate
  • oscillate
  • seesaw
  • waffle
  • waver
  • alternate
  • change
  • hedge
  • hesitate
  • hover
  • pause
  • reel
  • rock
  • stagger
  • straddle
  • sway
  • swing
  • be indecisive
  • be irresolute
  • change mind
  • fence-straddle
  • hem and haw
  • pussyfoot around
  • run hot and cold
  • shilly-shally
  • whiffle
  • yo-yo
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antonyms for vacillate

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  • remain
  • stay
  • continue
  • hold
  • persist
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How to use vacillate in a sentence

The show spends so much time vacillating between styles that it neglects to move what should be a thrilling plot forward.
AMC’S KEVIN CAN F**K HIMSELF SQUANDERS A THRILLINGLY SUBVERSIVE PREMISEJUDY BERMANJUNE 18, 2021TIME
A global shortage of computer chips, brought on by vacillating demand and supply chain issues, is currently rippling through device-makers, of course, but also makers of cars, vacuum cleaners, and stove vents.
IBM’S NEW CHIP TECHNOLOGY SHOWS OFF THE NEXT BIG STEP IN MOORE’S LAWJASON DORRIERMAY 9, 2021SINGULARITY HUB 
Remember, it’s usually the case that the presidential vote will vacillate a bit in a state as more- or less-popular candidates earn their parties’ nominations.
IS THE CHOICE FOR DEMOCRATS JOE MANCHIN OR THE MINORITY?PHILIP BUMPFEBRUARY 25, 2021WASHINGTON POST
He vacillated between bold proclamations of his faith in God and wrenching grief and confusion.
A TEMP WORKER DIED ON THE JOB AFTER FEDEX DIDN’T FIX A KNOWN HAZARD. THE FINE: $7,000.BY WENDI C. THOMAS, MLK50: JUSTICE THROUGH JOURNALISMDECEMBER 23, 2020PROPUBLICA
Whether the habit is some fundamental moral habit or the multiplication table, be consistent, do not vacillate.
THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN NATUREWILLIAM HENRY PYLE
The double character which pertained to the Popes made them perpetually vacillate between two contradictory systems of policy.
THE THIRTY YEARS WAR, COMPLETEFRIEDRICH SCHILLER
It is a sure knowledge, that does not gaze and vacillate hither and thither according to its own thoughts.
EPISTLE SERMONS, VOL. IIMARTIN LUTHER
He may have more money one year than another, but his better fortunes never vacillate.
THE WEDDING RINGT. DE WITT TALMAGE
Coxon continued to vacillate between submission to the Governor of Jamaica and open rebellion.
THE BUCCANEERS IN THE WEST INDIES IN THE XVII CENTURYCLARENCE HENRY HARING
The man of wisdom does not vacillate; the man of natural goodness does not fret; the man of valour does not fear.
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WORDS RELATED TO VACILLATE

  • act reciprocally
  • alter
  • blow hot and cold
  • change
  • come and go
  • exchange
  • fill in for
  • fluctuate
  • follow
  • follow in turn
  • interchange
  • intersperse
  • oscillate
  • relieve
  • rotate
  • seesaw
  • shift
  • shilly-shally
  • substitute
  • sway
  • vacillate
  • vary
  • waver
  • yo-yo
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