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hes·i·ta·tion

 (hĕz′ĭ-tā′shən)
n.
1. The act or an instance of hesitating.
2. The state of being hesitant.
3. A pause or faltering in speech.

hes•i•ta•tion

(ˌhɛz ɪˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of hesitating; a delay due to uncertainty or fear.
2. a state of doubt or uncertainty.
3. a momentary stop; pause.
4. a halting or faltering in speech.
[1615–25; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hesitation - indecision in speech or actionhesitation - indecision in speech or action  
indecision, indecisiveness, irresolution - doubt concerning two or more possible alternatives or courses of action; "his indecision was only momentary but the opportunity was lost"
2.hesitation - 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"
3.hesitation - the act of pausing uncertainlyhesitation - the act of pausing uncertainly; "there was a hesitation in his speech"
pause - temporary inactivity

hesitation

noun
2. reluctance, reservation(s), misgiving(s), ambivalence, qualm(s), unwillingness, scruple(s), compunction, demurral The board said it had no hesitation in rejecting the offer.

hesitation

noun
Translations
عدم استِعْداد أو تأكُّد، تَرَدُّدعَمَلِيَّة التردُّد
váhánízaváhánípochybnost
betænkelighedtøven
tétovázás
hikhik, vafi
oklevanje
bocalamaçekingenlikçekinmeduraksamakararsızlık

hesitation

[ˌhezɪˈteɪʃən] Nvacilación f, indecisión f
I have no hesitation in sayingno vacilo en decir ...
without the slightest hesitationsin vacilar siquiera, sin pensarlo dos veces

hesitation

[ˌhɛzɪˈteɪʃən] nhésitation f
after some hesitation → après un moment d'hésitation
to have no hesitation in doing sth
I have no hesitation in agreeing with him → Je partage son avis sans la moindre hésitation.
I have no hesitation in saying that → Je dis ... sans la moindre hésitation.
to do sth without hesitation → faire qch sans hésitation
He accepted without hesitation → Il a accepté sans hésitation.

hesitation

nZögern nt, → Zaudern nt (geh); after some/a moment’s hesitationnach einigem/kurzem Zögern; without the slightest hesitationohne auch nur einen Augenblick zu zögern; I have no hesitation in saying that …ich kann ohne Weiteres sagen, dass …; I had no hesitation about taking the jobich zögerte keinen Augenblick, die Stelle anzunehmen

hesitation

[ˌhɛzɪˈteɪʃn] nesitazione f
I have no hesitation in saying (that) ... → non esito a dire che...

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 ?
His objections, the scruples of his integrity, seemed all done away, nobody could tell how; and the doubts and hesitations of her ambition were equally got over--and equally without apparent reason.
All fierceness of spirit seems to have burnt itself out in their preliminary hesitations and struggles against each other and themselves.
With Bartolomeo, as with his daughter, the hesitations of this period caused by the native goodness of their souls were, nevertheless, compelled to give way before their pride and the rancor of their Corsican nature.
Mingott's box, to proclaim to the waiting world his engagement to May Welland, and to see her through whatever difficulties her cousin's anomalous situation might involve her in; this impulse had abruptly overruled all scruples and hesitations, and sent him hurrying through the red corridors to the farther side of the house.
With its profoundly peaceful sighs and hesitations it resembled that of a cow standing up to its knees all night through in the long grass.
As he hurried through the streets to his obscure lodging, seeking to keep pace, as it were, with the rapidity of the thoughts which crowded upon him, many doubts and hesitations arose in his mind, and almost tempted him to return.
After the sun had gone down the rooks came home to their nests in the garden with a great fuss and fluttering, and many hesitations and squabbles before they settled on their respective trees.
But for the fact, she might have relieved her own little perplexed heart of some of its doubts and hesitations, by taking Helena into her confidence.
No more doubts and hesitations for Dudley Pickering.
It was after an interval of long groping amongst vague impulses and hesitations which ended in the production of "The Nigger" that I turned to my third short story in the order of time, the first in this volume: "Karain: A Memory.
My landlord was father and clerk and all together, and we were married, and very merry we were; though I confess the self-reproaches which I had upon me before lay close to me, and extorted every now and then a deep sigh from me, which my bridegroom took notice of, and endeavoured to encourage me, thinking, poor man, that I had some little hesitations at the step I had taken so hastily.
While you were at all in suspense I kept my feelings to myself, but now that you are so completely decided I have no hesitation in approving.