The pusillanimous reaction of the soldier after the attack would not allow him to continue on with his platoon.
A person afraid to make decisions for himself is an example of someone who would be described as pusillanimous.
- timid, cowardly, or irresolute; fainthearted
- proceeding from or showing a lack of courage
Origin of pusillanimousEcclesiastical Late Latin pusillanimis from Classical Latin pusillus, tiny (dim. of pusus, little boy, akin to puer: see puerile) + animus, the mind (see animal) + -ous
Origin of pusillanimousMiddle English pusillanimus from Late Latin pusillanimis Latin pusillus weak diminutive of pullus young of an animal ; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots. animus reason, mind ; see anə- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more pusillanimous, superlative most pusillanimous)