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

adj 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
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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