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

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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 Safo said doctors and public health officials should also focus on what's at stake, which is especially important when dealing with vaccine hesitance. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2021 About 20 percent of people at Good Shepherd — mostly staff members and a few residents — declined to be vaccinated, reflecting a hesitance that has emerged across the country. New York Times, 12 Feb. 2021 Herivel said that hesitance on the part of Department of Corrections leaders to discipline their officers likely has to do with understaffing that the agency has experienced throughout the pandemic. Liliana Frankel, oregonlive, 19 Apr. 2021 The hesitance around receiving the vaccine mirrors a broader trend across the United States, where there are differing degrees of opposition to being inoculated against the coronavirus, but polling suggests that Republicans are far more skeptical. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2021 Narratives that assume vaccine hesitance or resistance also assume that vaccines are easily and equally available to all Americans. Stefanie Friedhoff, STAT, 29 Apr. 2021 That hesitance comes despite a large number of COVID-19 cases among officers. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2021 Surveys indicate that rare blood clot concerns tied to a similar vaccine from AstraZeneca (AZN) have fed vaccine hesitance in Europe. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 18 Apr. 2021 But vaccine hesitance among younger adults presents a challenge. NBC News, 26 Mar. 2021

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1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Hesitance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hesitance. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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