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[hez-i-tuh nt]
  1. hesitating; undecided, doubtful, or disinclined.
  2. lacking readiness of speech.
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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
Related formshes·i·tant·ly, adverbnon·hes·i·tant, adjectivenon·hes·i·tant·ly, adverbun·hes·i·tant, adjectiveun·hes·i·tant·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for unhesitantly


  1. wavering, hesitating, or irresolute
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Derived Formshesitance or hesitancy, nounhesitantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unhesitantly



1640s, probably a back-formation from hesitancy, or else from Latin haesitantem. Related: Hesitantly.

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