Definition of confusion noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] confusion (about/over something) confusion (as to something) a state of not being certain about what is happening, what you should do, what something means, etc. There is some confusion about what the correct procedure should be. a confusion as to what to do next
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] confusion (between A and B) the fact of making a mistake about who someone is or what something is To avoid confusion, please write the children's names clearly on all their school clothes. confusion between letters of the alphabet like “o” and “a”
  3. 3[uncountable] a feeling of embarrassment when you do not understand something and are not sure what to do in a situation He looked at me in confusion and did not answer the question. Sacha felt confusion sweeping over her as she read the letter.
  4. 4[uncountable] a confused situation in which people do not know what action to take Fighting had broken out and all was chaos and confusion. Her unexpected arrival threw us into total confusion.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: confusion