[ hez-i-tey-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of hesitating; a delay due to uncertainty of mind or fear: His hesitation cost him the championship.

  2. a state of doubt or uncertainty.

  1. a halting or faltering in speech.

Origin of hesitation

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

Other words for hesitation

Other words from hesitation

  • pre·hes·i·ta·tion, noun

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