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  • adv. With hesitation.
  • adv. With reluctance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With hesitancy or doubt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With hesitancy or doubt.

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

  • adv. with hesitation; in a hesitant manner


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  • “Will you --” she stops, clears her throat, starts again hesitantly, “Will you be in later?”

    Frustration (1/2)

  • I used the word hesitantly, for I wasn't sure the Weymouth family would be familiar with it.

    NPR Topics: News

  • "Slip of the tongue" is the wrong word for it (but as you can hear in the video, she's stretches for it and uses the phrase hesitantly and with a question mark at the end).

    Female Obama Adviser: Hillary's Rhetoric Is "Insulting" To Women

  • Peepers and orbioles came out of hiding, called hesitantly into the silence.


  • We can complain that the slow death of print journalism (and I use that word hesitantly in 2009) will lead to the end of investigation and reporting, and roll our eyes at blogs and say that they only comment and don't do actual reporting, but the captains of the print journalism industry are drunk at the wheel.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • You said that kind of hesitantly like, could that be right?

    CNN Transcript May 17, 2009

  • “I agree with that,” she said hesitantly, not understanding what his complaint was.

    Judge deveraux

  • Mohamad crept toward me—hesitantly, in case I started throwing things again—and put his hand on my shoulder.

    Day of Honey

  • “Darling,” Teddy began hesitantly, “I do not mean to be rude, but you look dreadful.”

    Exit the Actress

  • He shook his mane and hesitantly stepped forward, illuminating the inside of the shed in a pale glow.

    Brush of Darkness


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