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hesitative

[hez-i-tey-tiv]
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adjective
  1. characterized by hesitation; hesitating.

Origin of hesitative

First recorded in 1785–95; hesitate + -ive
Related formshes·i·ta·tive·ly, adverbun·hes·i·ta·tive, adjectiveun·hes·i·ta·tive·ly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for hesitative

adj.

1795, from hesitate + -ive. Related: Hesitatively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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