[ US /ˌhɛzəˈteɪʃən/ ]
[ UK /hˌɛsɪtˈe‍ɪʃən/ ]
  1. the act of pausing uncertainly
    there was a hesitation in his speech
  2. indecision in speech or action
  3. a certain degree of unwillingness
    after some hesitation he agreed
    his hesitancy revealed his basic indisposition
    a reluctance to commit himself
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How To Use hesitation In A Sentence

  • I must give one instance; he throws doubts and sneers at my saying that the ovigerous frena of cirripedes have been converted into branchiae, because I have not found them to be branchiae; whereas he himself admits, before I wrote on cirripedes, without the least hesitation, that their organs are branchiae. Alfred Russel Wallace Letters and Reminiscences
  • Then, all of a sudden rising from her chair, she went over to the jug of roses, which she had placed on the writing-table, bent over the flowers with a kind of perceptible hesitation. and as suddenly came back to her seat. Maurice Guest
  • Both the sexes move so closely that inhibitions and hesitations are a thing of the past now.
  • My grandfather's Purple Heart ," Frank replied with hardly a moment's hesitation. DEVIL'S CLAW
  • Patient Zero is a fast paced read, featuring Joe Ledger, a no-nonsense, no-hesitation fighter who is recruited for the Department of Military Science (DMS) to fight a new threat: a bio-terrorism agent that affects its victims in a way that makes them resemble zombies. Dusk Before the Dawn » 2009 » April
  • Everyone bought what was put in the basket without even a second's hesitation.
  • He held himself with a regal bearing, and strode forth without hesitation.
  • I remember my hesitation in front of Anna's hotel door, and the old man barrelling down the corridor towards me. LOVE YOU MADLY
  • Referee Clive Owen pointed to the spot without hesitation, to the dismay of the Lismore crowd.
  • The vicar of the parish, Banks, is excessively sentimental about the church and is constantly importuning Stannard with hesitations and objections.
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