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hesitant

[hez-i-tuh nt] /ˈhɛz ɪ tənt/
adjective
1.
hesitating; undecided, doubtful, or disinclined.
2.
lacking readiness of speech.
Origin of hesitant
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin haesitant- (stem of haesitāns), present participle of haesitāre to falter, hesitate, equivalent to haes(us), past participle of haerēre to stick, hold fast + -it- frequentative suffix + -ant- -ant
Related forms
hesitantly, adverb
nonhesitant, adjective
nonhesitantly, adverb
unhesitant, adjective
unhesitantly, adverb
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  • Boone drew so quickly that there was no opportunity to halt him, and he fired as unhesitantly as he had drawn.

    The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for unhesitantly

hesitant

/ˈhɛzɪtənt/
adjective
1.
wavering, hesitating, or irresolute
Derived Forms
hesitance, hesitancy, noun
hesitantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unhesitantly

hesitant

adj.

1640s, probably a back-formation from hesitancy, or else from Latin haesitantem. Related: Hesitantly.

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