hes·​i·​tance ˈhe-zə-tən(t)s How to pronounce hesitance (audio)

Examples of hesitance in a Sentence

sales figures for the month were up, as consumers began to overcome their hesitance about purchasing big-ticket items she mistook my hesitance to mean I didn't like her poem, but I was trying to come up with appropriate words of praise
Recent Examples on the Web As for The Golden Girls, Zimmerman shares his standout behind-the-scenes moments in his memoir, including Bea Arthur's hesitances about how young the show’s writers were. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Another critique of Biden’s effort was his hesitance to move key White House officials to his campaign team early. Julia Johnson, Washington Examiner, 15 Jan. 2024 The next day while setting off on their travels, Kim confessed her hesitance to adopt Mahadi, including how Usman's and the child's own family felt about the adoption. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 4 Dec. 2022 Some council members expressed hesitance to vote on Tuesday while some advocated for taking a vote. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, 18 Oct. 2023 That unjustified concern translates into hesitance to vaccinate. David Scales, STAT, 3 Oct. 2023 Brown said the stereotypes of homeless populations regarding drug use, mental illness and crime have all likely contributed to the community's hesitance to move this project forward. Lacey Latch, The Arizona Republic, 2 Aug. 2023 Ye followed the pronouncement with his Jesus is King album, a set of through-and-though God-rap, received with hesitance and tepid ears among Christians and atheists alike. Jonathan Rowe, Spin, 24 Aug. 2023 The lock-in effect, a term used to describe homeowners’ hesitance to sell their properties due to the fear of higher mortgage rates, has resulted in a dearth of existing homes on the market. Lance Lambert, Fortune, 16 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hesitance was in 1601

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“Hesitance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hesitance. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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