hesitant

[ hez-i-tuh nt ]
/ ˈhɛz ɪ tənt /

adjective

hesitating; undecided, doubtful, or disinclined.
lacking readiness of speech.

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Origin of hesitant

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

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hesitant
/ (ˈhɛzɪtənt) /

adjective

wavering, hesitating, or irresolute

Derived forms of hesitant

hesitance or hesitancy, nounhesitantly, adverb
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