hesitant

[hez-i-tuh nt]

adjective

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

Nearby words

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for hesitantly

hesitant

adjective

wavering, hesitating, or irresolute
Derived Formshesitance or hesitancy, nounhesitantly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for hesitantly

hesitant

adj.

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

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