hesitation

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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 ?
Hesitations before he had taken the step had since turned into susceptibility to every hint that he would have been wiser not to take it; and hence came his heat towards Lydgate--a heat which still kept him restless.
Miss Halcombe, after looking at me very earnestly, said a few words, on her side, to the same effect--with a certain hesitation of manner, however, which the circumstances did not seem to me to warrant.
Skinner answered tersely, receiving the little roll of bills without hesitation, and retreating into a quiet corner, where he carefully counted and examined every one.
Don't let the question of terms cause you an instant's hesitation.
And I know that every one will confess that it would be most praiseworthy in a prince to exhibit all the above qualities that are considered good; but because they can neither be entirely possessed nor observed, for human conditions do not permit it, it is necessary for him to be sufficiently prudent that he may know how to avoid the reproach of those vices which would lose him his state; and also to keep himself, if it be possible, from those which would not lose him it; but this not being possible, he may with less hesitation abandon himself to them.
Blifil, therefore, after a very short hesitation, answered Mr Allworthy, that matrimony was a subject on which he had not yet thought; but that he was so sensible of his friendly and fatherly care, that he should in all things submit himself to his pleasure.
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.