irresolute

Irresolute describes someone who feels stuck. A decision must be made, a plan acted on, but the irresolute person just doesn't know what to do.

Resolute describes certainty. When someone is resolute, things get done: plans are made and carried out. But add the prefix ir to resolute and you get its opposite. An irresolute person isn't necessarily a slacker — he or she just doesn't know what to do. Maybe it's confusion. Maybe it's a matter of waiting for better information to come along. Either way, if someone is irresolute, you'll need to be patient — or willing to nudge him or her into action.

Definitions of irresolute
  1. adjective
    uncertain how to act or proceed
    “the committee was timid and mediocre and irresolute
    Synonyms:
    indecisive
    not definitely settling something
    discouraged
    lacking in resolution
    infirm
    lacking firmness of will or character or purpose
    unstable
    disposed to psychological variability
    vacillant, vacillating, wavering
    uncertain in purpose or action
    weak-kneed
    lacking will power or resolution
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    Antonyms:
    resolute
    firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
    brave, courageous
    possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
    decisive
    determining or having the power to determine an outcome
    purposeful
    serving as or indicating the existence of a purpose or goal
    bent, bent on, dead set, out to
    fixed in your purpose
    determined
    characterized by great determination
    desperate, do-or-die
    desperately determined
    firm, steadfast, steady, stiff, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering
    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
    foursquare
    characterized by firm and unwavering conviction
    hell-bent
    recklessly determined
    resolved, single-minded
    determined
    spartan
    resolute in the face of pain or danger or adversity
    stalwart, stout
    dependable
    undaunted, undismayed, unshaken
    unshaken in purpose
    undeterred, undiscouraged
    not deterred
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