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n. pl. hes·i·tan·cies
1. The state or quality of being hesitant.
2. An instance of hesitating.


(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"


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


efablendni, hik


[ˈhɛzɪtənsi] n (= uncertainty) → hésitation f


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


[ˈhɛzɪtnsɪ] ntitubanza


(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 ?
Then Louis would show me how--a certain, eloquent glance of eye, a smile, a daring, a lifted hat, a spoken word, hesitancies, giggles, coy nervousnesses--and, behold, Louis acquainted and nodding me up to be introduced.
Similar layerings occur in the films, in which lap dissolves repeatedly interpenetrate one image into another, and in the spoken-word recordings, where hesitancies and loopings multiply the single voice.