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Definitions for hesitation
ˌhɛz ɪˈteɪ ʃənhes·i·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hesitation, vacillation, waveringnoun

    indecision in speech or action

  2. reluctance, hesitancy, hesitation, disinclination, indispositionnoun

    a certain degree of unwillingness

    "a reluctance to commit himself"; "his hesitancy revealed his basic indisposition"; "after some hesitation he agreed"

  3. hesitation, waver, falter, falteringnoun

    the act of pausing uncertainly

    "there was a hesitation in his speech"


  1. hesitationnoun

    An act of hesitating; suspension of opinion or action; doubt; vacillation.

  2. hesitationnoun

    A faltering in speech; stammering.

  3. Etymology: From haesitationem, accusative singular of haesitatio, from haesito.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hesitationnoun

    Etymology: from hesitate.

    I cannot foresee the difficulties and hesitations of every one: they will be more or fewer, according to the capacity of each peruser. John Woodward, Natural History.

    Many clergymen write in so diminutive a manner, with such frequent blots and interlineations, that they are hardly able to go on without perpetual hesitations. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Hesitation

    Hesitation or hesitating is the psychological process of pausing in the course of making a decision or taking an action, typically due to uncertainty as to the best course of action. Hesitation is described in both positive and negative terms, with some perceiving it as an indication of thoughtfulness, while others characterize it as a sign of indecisiveness or lack of the will to act. In literature, a period of hesitation on the part of a key character has sometimes been depicted as having substantial consequences.


  1. hesitation

    Hesitation is a pause or delay in action, decision, or speech due to uncertainty, nervousness, or unwillingness. It is often characterized by reluctance or doubt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hesitationnoun

    the act of hesitating; suspension of opinion or action; doubt; vacillation

  2. Hesitationnoun

    a faltering in speech; stammering

  3. Etymology: [L. haesitatio: cf. F. hsitation.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hesitation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hesitation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of hesitation in a Sentence

  1. Meg Schurr:

    I was free to make my choice without hesitation or barriers just because I was lucky enough to live in the NYC metro area.

  2. Scotsman Torrance:

    It is a tremendous honor and as soon as Darren asked me, I had no hesitation in saying yes.

  3. Junichi Makino:

    The BOJ has been saying that underyling trend inflation is improving. If so, it doesn't need to ease, but if there's a risk the price trend could change in the future, the BOJ will probably ease pre-emptively without hesitation.

  4. Jason Davis:

    We know what our intentions are – to help protect the community and the student body, but when public health starts investigating, it can be intimidating for some people to have a government agent with a clipboard asking questions about their lives, that hesitation puts a crimp in our process, but it’s understandable.

  5. John Conklin:

    I expect this will move through both houses relatively quickly and I expect the governor will sign it without much hesitation whatsoever.

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