Hesitation meaning

hĕzĭ-tāshən
The definition of hesitation is someone pausing because they're having trouble making a decision or saying something.

An example of hesitation is a woman not saying "yes" right away when her boyfriend asks if she'll marry him.

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The act or an instance of hesitating.
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The state of being hesitant.
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A faltering in speech; stammering.
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A pause or faltering in speech.
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A hesitating or feeling hesitant.
  • Uncertainty; indecision.
  • Reluctance.
  • A pausing or delaying.
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An act of hesitating; suspension of opinion or action; doubt; vacillation.
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Origin of hesitation

  • From Latin haesitātiōnem, accusative singular of haesitātiō (“hesitating, stammering”), from haesitō (“hesitate”).

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