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hesitation

[ hez-i-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌhɛz ɪˈteɪ ʃən /
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noun
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.
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Origin of hesitation

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

OTHER WORDS FROM hesitation

pre·hes·i·ta·tion, noun
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