[ hez-i-tuh n-see ]
/ ˈhɛz ɪ tən si /

noun, plural hes·i·tan·cies

hesitation; indecision or disinclination.

Nearby words

  1. heshvan,
  2. hesiod,
  3. hesiodic,
  4. hesione,
  5. hesitance,
  6. hesitant,
  7. hesitantly,
  8. hesitate,
  9. hesitation,
  10. hesitation waltz

Also hes·i·tance.

Origin of hesitancy

From the Latin word haesitantia, dating back to 1610–20. See hesitant, -ancy

Related formspre·hes·i·tan·cy, noun, plural pre·hes·i·tan·cies.

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Medicine definitions for hesitance


[ hĕzĭ-tən-sē ]


An involuntary delay or inability in starting the urinary stream.

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