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