[hez-i-tuh n-see]
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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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Contemporary Examples of hesitance

Historical Examples of hesitance

  • The hesitance over the "von" did not strike his usually keen ear.

    The Princess Elopes

    Harold MacGrath

  • Ah, that had been the crux of it all, of her doubt, of her hesitance.

    Parrot & Co.

    Harold MacGrath

  • She could also make clear her reason for hesitance and deliberation.

    The Shuttle

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Glad with eager eyes on him handed the child to Polly and sat down without a moment's hesitance, avid of what was to come.

    The Dawn of a To-morrow

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • However, as in all cases heretofore, they relied upon the resourcefulness and hesitance of the junior president.

Word Origin and History for hesitance

c.1600, from Latin haesitantia (see 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

hesitance in Medicine


  1. An involuntary delay or inability in starting the urinary stream.
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