When two of your friends are fighting and you see both sides of the argument and aren't sure who is right or what the best thing is for you to do, this is an example of when you feel conflicted.
- Made uneasy by conflicting feelings.
- Usage Problem Conflicting; mixed: conflicted emotions.
Usage Note: The adjective conflicted appears to have overcome its history of association with pop psychology at least when referring to people. Back in 1988, some 92 percent of the Usage Panel rejected its use in the sentence Many managers are conflicted about the reorganization plan. But in our 2008 survey, 76 percent accepted the similar sentence She was deeply conflicted about taking the job with the new firm. The Panel allowed but looked less favorably on sentences in which conflicted referred to feelings. Some 52 percent accepted He had conflicted feelings about sending his child to private school.
- simple past tense and past participle of conflict
- Nor had he any wish to undermine established beliefs, except where he conceived that they conflicted with a truer religion and a purer morality.
- They were willing enough to admit the abstract claims of the Empire; but in the world of feudalism there was a multitude of established customs and rights which rudely conflicted with these claims, and in action, remote and abstract considerations gave way before concrete and present realities.
- By his interpreters it was transformed into a theory of one soul common to all mankind, and when thus corrupted conflicted not unreasonably with the doctrines of a future life, common to Islam and Christendom.
- The date conflicted with the Election Day for sheriff but Cynthia repeated her promise to vote absentee.
- Deidre didn't know what to think about Gabriel, not when he seemed conflicted about her to start off with.