[ 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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Word Origin and History for 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

Medicine definitions for hesitancy


[ hĕzĭ-tən-sē ]


An involuntary delay or inability in starting the urinary stream.

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