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hesitation

Noun

1 indecision in speech or action [syn: vacillation, wavering]
2 a certain degree of unwillingness; "a reluctance to commit himself"; "after some hesitation he agreed" [syn: reluctance, hesitancy, disinclination, indisposition]
3 the act of pausing uncertainly; "there was a hesitation in his speech" [syn: waver, falter, faltering]

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English

Etymology

From haesitationem (haesitatio), from haesitare.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. An act of hesitating; suspension of opinion or action; doubt; vacillation.
  2. A faltering in speech; stammering.

Related terms

Translations

act of hesitating
faltering in speech

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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