Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inclined or tending to hesitate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tending to hesitate, wait, or proceed with caution or reservation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not prompt in deciding or acting; hesitating.
  • adj. Unready in speech.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hesitating; pausing; irresolute; not ready in determining, doing, or saying; wanting readiness of speech.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking decisiveness of character; unable to act or decide quickly or firmly

Etymologies

From Latin stem of haesitans, present participle of haesitareĀ ("to stick fast, to hesitate") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He glanced at me, his expression hesitant, as if uncertain of how I would react to what he was about to reveal, I gave a nod.

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  • All over the country recession-weary businesses remain hesitant to spend cash trying to pump up sales, but signs of recovery are popping up all over.

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  • Some market participants were described as hesitant to buy around current levels, waiting for a further pullback as a bargain-hunting opportunity.

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  • So if you get a victim that ` s hesitant, that is reliant [SIC] to come forward, that is reliant [SIC] to cooperate with investigators and you have a district attorney ` s office that says, "Well, she ` s not cooperative; she ` s being unreliable right now," it very well could take that long.

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  • The press-agents and orators popularized the war with the unthinking and the hesitant, which is proof enough to me that we lack national unity and a definite national policy.

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  • Obama, his own self, can be found careening around the country like an over - caffeinated Chihuahua engaged in a last ditch effort to sell the bill to what you might call his hesitant posse.

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  • Obama, his own self, can be found careening around the country like an over-caffeinated Chihuahua engaged in a last-ditch effort to sell the bill to what you might call his hesitant posse.

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  • Sitting by Claude made me feel uninformed and hesitant, that is one knowledgeable dude with a wealth of experience.

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  • He said the Brotherhood remains "hesitant" but underlined that it was a "valuable opportunity" for the fundamentalist movement.

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  • I was kind of hesitant on paying for an app launcher but now I could not function without it.

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