Definitions

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  • adj. Distinguished by hesitation; hesitating.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Showing, or characterized by, hesitation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Showing hesitation.

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Examples

  • Scudamore, in his mild, hesitative way, blushing outwardly, but smiling inwardly, “that I am too good to be a clergyman.”

    Springhaven

  • I-- I don't follow -- [His voice is hesitative and lower, showing that he does].

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • Soon a courageous bull-frog gives utterance to a subdued, hesitative croak; his excellent example is quickly followed by others; answering noises spring up in every direction, and ere long the midnight concert of the jungle is again in full melody.

    Around the World on a Bicycle - Volume II From Teheran To Yokohama

  • The feeble and hesitative manner in which Aristotle attempts to answer the perplexing questions which present themselves in this connection, indicates very clearly, how little knowledge he has of the perversity of a corrupted heart (Nic., vii, 1-7).

    Christian Ethics. Volume I.���History of Ethics.

  • "Admiral Darling is kind enough to think," said Scudamore, in his mild, hesitative way, blushing outwardly, but smiling inwardly, "that I am too good to be a clergyman."

    Springhaven : a Tale of the Great War

  • John asked him, knowing that Rodney usually was hesitative for participating in any apparent dangerous task.

    Wraithbait

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