Pusillanimous definition

pyo͝osə-lănə-məs
Timid, cowardly, or irresolute; fainthearted.
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Lacking courage; cowardly.
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The definition of pusillanimous is lacking in courage, strength or determination.

A person afraid to make decisions for himself is an example of someone who would be described as pusillanimous.

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The soldier deserted his troop in a pusillanimous manner.

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Proceeding from or showing a lack of courage.
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Origin of pusillanimous

  • Middle English pusillanimus from Late Latin pusillanimis Latin pusillus weak diminutive of pullus young of an animal pau-1 in Indo-European roots animus reason, mind anə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Derived from Latin pusillus (“very small") + animus (“spirit").

    From Wiktionary