- hesitating; undecided, doubtful, or disinclined.
- lacking readiness of speech.
Origin of hesitant
Examples from the Web for hesitantly
According to police, she “hesitantly” complied with orders and told police that she had done nothing wrong.Anna Benson, Former ‘Baseball Wife,’ Reportedly Snaps. What Happened?
July 11, 2013
“There were times when I was writing the book when I did get angry at the president,” she says hesitantly.JFK’s Intern-Mistress Mimi Alford Confesses, ‘I Did Love Him’
February 10, 2012
I asked him to clarify, and he hesitantly said, “gay people.”Milk Screenwriter Battles a Gay-Bashing College
Dustin Lance Black
December 20, 2009
“I am happy to write more articles like that,” he said hesitantly.The Saudi Kingdom's 9/11
October 17, 2009
Hesitantly, he reached out and touched a button on the intercom.A Matter of Magnitude
"Yes," said he, hesitantly, with a backward glance into the room.When Life Was Young
C. A. Stephens
"I believe we did, on several occasions," Egavine said hesitantly.The Star Hyacinths
James H. Schmitz
Trigger said hesitantly, "Those people who were chasing this car—"Legacy
James H Schmitz
Then hesitantly continuing: "If you could spare an hour or two this afternoon——?"Stubble</p>
- wavering, hesitating, or irresolute
Word Origin and History for hesitantly
1640s, probably a back-formation from hesitancy, or else from Latin haesitantem. Related: Hesitantly.