- hesitating; undecided, doubtful, or disinclined.
- lacking readiness of speech.
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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Examples from the Web for unhesitantly
Historical Examples of unhesitantly
Boone drew so quickly that there was no opportunity to halt him, and he fired as unhesitantly as he had drawn.The Tempering
Charles Neville Buck
- wavering, hesitating, or irresolute
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1640s, probably a back-formation from hesitancy, or else from Latin haesitantem. Related: Hesitantly.
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