Origin of hesitantClassical Latin haesitans: see hesitancy
An example of someone who would be described as hesitant is a person who slowly agrees to something even though she is not sure she wants to.
(comparative more hesitant, superlative most hesitant)
From Latin stem of haesitans, present participle of haesitare (“to stick fast, to hesitate”)
- We were hesitant to speak candidly in front of Molly.
- Evelyn asked with a hesitant smile.
- He did act hesitant about it, but his encouragement sounded sincere.
- Dean was hesitant to discuss this or any aspects of the job with Ethel.
- She held firm and didn't reveal anything but she was hesitant to lie directly.