1. uncertain how to act or proceed
; - Example: "the committee was timid and mediocre and irresolute"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Irresolute \Ir*res"o*lute\, a. [Pref. ir- not + resolute: cf. F.
irr['e]solu, L. irresolutus not loosened.]
Not resolute; not decided or determined; wavering; given to
doubt or irresolution.
Weak and irresolute is man. --Cowper.
Syn: Wavering; vacillating; undetermined; undecided;
unsettled; fickle; changeable; inconstant. --
Ir*res"o*lute*ly, adv. -- Ir*res"o*lute*ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: uncertain how to act or proceed; "the committee was timid
and mediocre and irresolute" [ant: resolute]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
126 Moby Thesaurus words for "irresolute":
adrift, afloat, agnostic, alternating, ambiguous, ambitendent,
ambivalent, amorphous, at loose ends, bland, capricious, chancy,
changeable, changeful, changing, desultory, deviable, dicey, dizzy,
double-minded, doubting, dubious, eccentric, equivocal, erratic,
faltering, fast and loose, fence-sitting, fence-straddling, fickle,
fitful, flickering, flighty, flitting, fluctuating, freakish,
giddy, halfhearted, halting, hesitant, hesitating, impetuous,
impulsive, incalculable, inconsistent, inconstant, indecisive,
indemonstrable, infirm, infirm of purpose, infirm of will, insipid,
irregular, irresolved, irresponsible, mazy, mercurial,
milk-and-water, milky, moody, mugwumpian, mugwumpish, mushy,
mutable, neutral, of two minds, polysemous, rambling, restless,
roving, scatterbrained, shapeless, shifting, shifty,
shilly-shallying, shuffling, skeptical, spasmodic, spineless,
tasteless, tentative, touch-and-go, unaccountable, uncertain,
unconfirmable, uncontrolled, unconvinced, undecided, undependable,
undetermined, undisciplined, undivinable, unfixed, unforeseeable,
unpersuaded, unpredictable, unprovable, unreliable, unresolved,
unrestrained, unsettled, unstable, unstable as water, unstaid,
unsteadfast, unsteady, unsure, unverifiable, vacillating,
vacillatory, vagrant, vapid, variable, vicissitudinary,
vicissitudinous, volatile, wandering, wanton, watery, wavering,
wavery, wavy, wayward, whimsical, wishy-washy, wobbly