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Teeter vs. Vacillate — What's the Difference?

Teeter vs. Vacillate — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Teeter and Vacillate

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Teeter

Move or balance unsteadily; sway back and forth
She teetered after him in her high-heeled sandals
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Vacillate

Waver between different opinions or actions; be indecisive
I vacillated between teaching and journalism
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Teeter

To move or sway unsteadily or unsurely; totter.
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Vacillate

To be unable to choose between different courses of action or opinions; waver
She vacillated about whether to leave.
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Teeter

To alternate, as between opposing attitudes or positions; vacillate.
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Vacillate

To change between one state and another; fluctuate
The weather vacillated between sunny and rainy.
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Teeter

To be close to or in danger of failure or ruin
The housing market teetered on the edge of collapse.
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Vacillate

(Archaic) To sway from one side to the other.
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Teeter

See seesaw.
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Vacillate

(intransitive) To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate.
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Teeter

(intransitive) To tilt back and forth on an edge.
He teetered on the brink of the precipice.
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Vacillate

(intransitive) To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.
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Teeter

(figuratively) To be indecisive.
We teetered on the fence about buying getaway tickets and missed the opportunity.
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Vacillate

To move one way and the other; to reel or stagger; to waver.
[A spheroid] is always liable to shift and vacillatefrom one axis to another.
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Teeter

(figuratively) To be close to becoming a typically negative situation.
Despite appearances, the firm was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
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Vacillate

To fluctuate in mind or opinion; to be unsteady or inconstant; to waver.
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Teeter

(North America) A teeter-totter or seesaw.
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Vacillate

Be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action;
He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement
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Teeter

To move up and down on the ends of a balanced plank, or the like, as children do for sport; to seesaw; to titter; to titter-totter.
[The bobolink] alit upon the flower, and teetered up and down.
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Vacillate

Move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern;
The line on the monitor vacillated
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Teeter

Move unsteadily, with a rocking motion
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