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  • n. Plural form of hesitation.


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  • The thinking of the beautiful was bound to result in hesitations, in reluctances, in unhappiness all around.

    The Enchanted April

  • Such men are an invaluable element in the deliberative stages of every question; but their very critical powers paralyse action, and when movement becomes necessary their hesitations are a drawback.

    Memoirs of the Life and Correspondence of Henry Reeve, C.B., D.C.L. In Two Volumes. Volume II.

  • Anyway, despite the amply covered anecdotal evidence of "hesitations" about Obama among Jews, he is only polling marginally lower than Kerry was in that group, and certainly not enough to jeopardize one single state.

    Paul Jenkins: No Longer Staring Into the Abyss of an Obama-Clinton Ticket

  • To name only the latest scandalous declarations of Insulza in Spain, or the "hesitations" of Bachelet at the UN.

    11/26/2006 - 12/03/2006

  • Trilling's hesitations over the bureaucratic "rationalism" of liberalsim are only superficially about "complexity" as the word might be understood by literary criticism.

    Principles of Literary Criticism

  • I remember I began to get anxiety when I turned in my papers (especially during college) because it seemed that every teacher or professor I had expected something different from my writing, and had no hesitations critiquing my work.

    Literacy News – 64th Edition « News « Literacy News

  • The conversations that follow, as far as I'm concerned, neither prove nor disprove the existence of life after death, or the ability of the departed to communicate with those left behind; they're too general, too punctuated with hesitations and mis-steps, establishing details that fail to chime with anyone.

    Among the psychics

  • Andrew Burton for The Wall Street Journal A macchiato at RBC I mention my hesitations only to say that Giorgio Milos , the master barista for Italian coffee maker illy caffé, had his work cut out for him convincing me of the value of his calling when we embarked on a coffee tour Tuesday afternoon at RBC NYC, an unassuming espresso bar he'd selected in TriBeCa.

    Coffee That Gives a Real Jolt

  • Video chats using the Qik app were not as smooth, often plagued by image freezes and hesitations over the network.

    First looks: Samsung Galaxy S 4G is Ferrari fast

  • (It must also be said that, more often than not, the characters in a Dixon story or novel also sound like one another -- the same hesitations, digressions, and fragmentary constructions, as if he is suggesting that in most of our discourse with one another we are all equally prosaic.)

    Narrative Strategies


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