hesitating


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hes·i·tate

 (hĕz′ĭ-tāt′)
intr.v. hes·i·tat·ed, hes·i·tat·ing, hes·i·tates
1. To pause or wait in uncertainty: She hesitated for a second before opening the door.
2. To be slow to act, speak, or decide: "I have for many months hesitated about the propriety of allowing this, or any part of my narrative, to come before the public eye, until after my death" (Thomas De Quincey).
3. To be reluctant: hesitated to pick up the pan, fearing it was hot.

[Latin haesitāre, haesitāt-, to hesitate, frequentative of haerēre, to hold fast.]

hes′i·tat′er n.
hes′i·tat′ing·ly adv.
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Adj.1.hesitating - lacking decisiveness of character; unable to act or decide quickly or firmly
indecisive - characterized by lack of decision and firmness; "an indecisive manager brought the enterprise to a standstill"
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"Gracious Heaven, we are hesitating!" cried D'Artagnan; "if we hesitate what will the servants do?"
For a moment she stood in the square hall, among many horned skulls, sallow globes, cracked oil-paintings, and stuffed owls, hesitating, it seemed, whether she should open the door on her right, through which the stir of life reached her ears.
"I have my own reasons for not hesitating to answer your question in the negative.
Poligny pointed with a hesitating finger to this last clause, which we certainly did not expect.
The two sentries were now within the hut, but hesitating because of doubt as to the nature of the cause of the disturbance.
She was really frightened now, and was yet hesitating what to do, when the bushes crackled and snapped, and a man came plunging through them, close before her.