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hesitative

[ hez-i-tey-tiv ]
/ ˈhɛz ɪˌteɪ tɪv /
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adjective
characterized by hesitation; hesitating.
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Origin of hesitative

First recorded in 1785–95; hesitate + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM hesitative

hes·i·ta·tive·ly, adverbun·hes·i·ta·tive, adjectiveun·hes·i·ta·tive·ly, adverb
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