[ hez-i-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌhɛz ɪˈteɪ ʃən /


the act of hesitating; a delay due to uncertainty of mind or fear: His hesitation cost him the championship.
a state of doubt or uncertainty.
a halting or faltering in speech.

Nearby words

  1. hesitance,
  2. hesitancy,
  3. hesitant,
  4. hesitantly,
  5. hesitate,
  6. hesitation waltz,
  7. hesitative,
  8. hesper,
  9. hespere,
  10. hesperia

Origin of hesitation

First recorded in 1615–25, hesitation is from the Latin word haesitātiōn- (stem of haesitātiō). See hesitate, -ion

Related formspre·hes·i·ta·tion, noun

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