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noun hes·i·tance \ˈhe-zə-tən(t)s\

Definition of hesitance



Examples of hesitance in a sentence

  1. <sales figures for the month were up, as consumers began to overcome their hesitance about purchasing big-ticket items>

  2. <she mistook my hesitance to mean I didn't like her poem, but I was trying to come up with appropriate words of praise>



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