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[hez-i-tuh n-see] /ˈhɛz ɪ tən si/
noun, plural hesitancies
hesitation; indecision or disinclination.
Also, hesitance.
Origin of hesitancy
From the Latin word haesitantia, dating back to 1610-20. See hesitant, -ancy
Related forms
prehesitancy, noun, plural prehesitancies. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Dick spoke at once, with a hesitancy that betrayed the depth of his emotion.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • They were doing the "hesitation" with the hesitancy emphasized.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Might he not yet turn to advantage this hesitancy of Crispin's to strike the final blow?

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • For a moment, therefore, in his bearing bravado was tempered with hesitancy.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • It is fair to say that the hesitancy of some was offset by the heroism of others.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • There is a most unusual nervousness and hesitancy about his manner.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • But now he dared betray no hesitancy; he did not even turn to look behind him.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
Word Origin and History for hesitancy

1610s, from Latin haesitantia "action of stammering," from haesitantem (nominative haesitans) "stammering," present participle of haesitare (see hesitation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hesitancy in Medicine

hesitancy hes·i·tan·cy (hěz'ĭ-tən-sē)
An involuntary delay or inability in starting the urinary stream.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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