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n. pl. hes·i·tan·cies
1. The state or quality of being hesitant.
2. An instance of hesitating.
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(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]
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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"
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noun indecision, doubt, uncertainty, hesitation, vacillation, irresolution, dubiety A trace of hesitancy showed in Dr Stockton's eyes.
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efablendni, hik


[ˈhɛzɪtənsi] n (= uncertainty) → hésitation f
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nZögern nt; (= indecision)Unschlüssigkeit f; (of voice)Unsicherheit f
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[ˈhɛzɪtnsɪ] ntitubanza
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(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.
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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.
Why, then, this hesitancy! Once more he essayed the effort, but a qualm of nausea overwhelmed him.
For a moment von Horn was silent, in well simulated hesitancy to reply to her query.
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"You needn't be afraid of the lion," said Meriem, noting his slight hesitancy. "There hasn't been a man eater around here for two years, Bwana says, and the game is so plentiful that there is no necessity to drive Numa to human flesh.
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.
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