(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. washed-out, anemic, colorless; weak-kneed or -willed, spineless, irresolute, feeble, vacillating. See insipidity, weakness.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Watery]
Syn. insipid, thin, diluted, weak, bland; see also tasteless 1 .
2. [Weak]
Syn. feeble, spineless, lily-livered, yellow-bellied; see weak 3 .
3. [Indecisive]
Syn. vacilLating, irresolute, fence-sitting, mealy-mouthed; see doubtful 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
indecisive, irresolute, undecided, blowing hot and cold, equivocating, vacillating, feeble, weak, spineless.
ANT.: resolute, decisive, decided
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Informal. Lacking the qualities requisite for spiritedness and originality: bland, innocuous, insipid, jejune, namby-pamby, vapid, washy, waterish, watery. See EXCITE, GOOD.

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