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  • adv. In a hesitating manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With hesitation or doubt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a hesitating manner.

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

  • adv. with hesitation; in a hesitant manner


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  • In the gloom of early evening Chris spoke my name hesitatingly.

    Flowers in the Attic

  • She pronounced his name hesitatingly, half appealingly.


  • Colin '– hesitatingly,' I did think you'd have come and looked after an old friend at the big Show in the Botanical Gardens when the Governor made his State Entry. '

    Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land

  • "A being akin to yourself," he said in low tones, "only developed, enormously developed; a Master in your own peculiar region, and a man whose influence acting upon you at close quarters could not fail to arouse the latent mind-storms" -- he chose the word hesitatingly, as though seeking for a better he could not find on the moment, -- "always brewing in you just below the horizon."

    The Centaur

  • The opposite wall took up the name hesitatingly and tossed it back.

    Overland Red A Romance of the Moonstone Cañon Trail

  • "Knowing --" he took up the word hesitatingly -- "knowing that life would be insupportable to me if I could not be near you."

    The Damnation of Theron Ware

  • He was a very respectable man who had amassed a decent fortune from the sale of iron bedsteads; yet how could I bring myself to think that this embarrassed-looking, ill-dressed, timid little creature could, with a word hesitatingly uttered, unite me in eternal bonds?

    Monsieur, Madame, and Bebe — Complete

  • He took a few steps, then stopped, and called hesitatingly over his shoulder, "I thought maybe I'd come an 'set a spell to-night."

    Meadow Grass Tales of New England Life

  • "Y-e-s," hesitatingly, "but I would like mighty well to go with Carrie."

    Tabitha at Ivy Hall

  • I am nephew to the Duke of Devon, and "-- hesitatingly --" possibly the next heir to the title.

    The Mystery of Monastery Farm


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  • The way I see it, moving hesitantly is slowing moving towards a goal. Moving hesitantingly is moving in spurts, each of them hesitant.

    March 26, 2008

  • What's the difference between hesitatingly and hesitantly?

    March 26, 2008