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

  • n. The act or an instance of hesitating.
  • n. The state of being hesitant.
  • n. A pause or faltering in speech.

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  • n. An act of hesitating; suspension of opinion or action; doubt; vacillation.
  • n. A faltering in speech; stammering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of hesitating; suspension of opinion or action; doubt; vacillation.
  • n. A faltering in speech; stammering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of hesitating; a pausing or delay in determining or acting; suspension of judgment or decision from uncertainty of mind; a state of doubt.
  • n. An irregular involuntary pausing in speech; awkward or embarrassed interruption of speech; stammering.
  • n. Synonyms Hesitation, Hesitancy; wavering, suspense, uncertainty, doubt, vacillation; faltering. Hesitation is perhaps more often used for the act of hesitating, hesitancy generally for the spirit, character, or frame of mind. Hesitation is more common.

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

  • n. indecision in speech or action
  • n. a certain degree of unwillingness
  • n. the act of pausing uncertainly

Etymologies

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From Latin haesitātiōnem, accusative singular of haesitātiō ("hesitating, stammering"), from haesitō ("hesitate").

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