hesitancy


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hes·i·tan·cy

 (hĕz′ĭ-tən-sē)
n. pl. hes·i·tan·cies
1. The state or quality of being hesitant.
2. An instance of hesitating.

hes•i•tan•cy

(ˈhɛz ɪ tən si)

also hes′i•tance,



n., pl. -tan•cies also -tan•ces.
1. hesitation; indecision, disinclination, or unreadiness.
2. an instance of this; a pause or falter, esp. in speech.
[1610–20; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hesitancy - a feeling of diffidence and indecision about doing something
diffidence, self-distrust, self-doubt - lack of self-confidence
2.hesitancy - a certain degree of unwillingness; "a reluctance to commit himself"; "his hesitancy revealed his basic indisposition"; "after some hesitation he agreed"
sloth, slothfulness - a disinclination to work or exert yourself
involuntariness, unwillingness - the trait of being unwilling; "his unwillingness to cooperate vetoed every proposal I made"; "in spite of our warnings he plowed ahead with the involuntariness of an automaton"

hesitancy

noun indecision, doubt, uncertainty, hesitation, vacillation, irresolution, dubiety A trace of hesitancy showed in Dr Stockton's eyes.

hesitancy

noun
Translations
تَرَدُّد
váhavost
tøvenusikkerhed
efablendni, hik

hesitancy

[ˈhɛzɪtənsi] n (= uncertainty) → hésitation f

hesitancy

nZögern nt; (= indecision)Unschlüssigkeit f; (of voice)Unsicherheit f

hesitancy

[ˈhɛzɪtnsɪ] ntitubanza

hesitate

(ˈheziteit) verb
1. to pause briefly eg because of uncertainty. He hesitated before answering; The diver hesitated for a minute on the diving-board.
2. to be unwilling (to do something) eg because one is not sure it is right. I hesitate to say he lied but he certainly misled me; Don't hesitate to tell me if you have any complaints.
ˈhesitancy noun
the tendency to hesitate.
ˈhesitant adjective
making or having frequent hesitations. a hesitant speaker; I'm hesitant to tell her she's wrong.
ˈhesitantly adverb
ˌhesiˈtation noun
1. an act of hesitating.
2. unwillingness or uncertainty.
References in classic literature ?
There is a certain embarrassment about applying to the average American hotel clerk, a certain hesitancy, a sense of insecurity against rebuff; but you feel no embarrassment in your intercourse with the portier; he receives your propositions with an enthusiasm which cheers, and plunges into their accomplishment with an alacrity which almost inebriates.
They read those playful trifles in the solidest terms, and decided without hesitancy that if there had ever been any doubt that Dave Wilson was a pudd'nhead-- which there hadn't--this revelation removed that doubt for good and all.
As an essential part of a narrative educed by your question it is related here without hesitancy or shame.
DOUGLASS to address the convention: He came forward to the platform with a hesitancy and embar- rassment, necessarily the attendants of a sensitive mind in such a novel position.
Clutton, characteristically, had nothing ready, and he was very scornful of the two heads that Lawson sent; they were obviously the work of a student, straight-forward portraits of models, but they had a certain force; Clutton, aiming at perfection, had no patience with efforts which betrayed hesitancy, and with a shrug of the shoulders told Lawson it was an impertinence to exhibit stuff which should never have been allowed out of his studio; he was not less contemptuous when the two heads were accepted.
For a moment von Horn was silent, in well simulated hesitancy to reply to her query.
Also, there was an awkward hesitancy, at times, as he essayed the new words he had learned.
You needn't be afraid of the lion," said Meriem, noting his slight hesitancy.
For an instant only, he was aware of an inward hesitancy, but the next moment he rang the bell.
Then, with a most ferocious roar, and without the slightest hesitancy or warning, he charged upon me.
The little New Hanover boy had been frightened, but had proved faithful, following him without hesitancy into the bush in the quest after the source of the wonderful sound.
So all hesitancy vanished, and the pair descended into the cabin.