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

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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 Their concerns, which include hesitance about spending months in a restricted environment and reluctance about distracting from the Black Lives Matter... Ben Cohen, WSJ, "NBA Players on Restart Plan: Not So Fast," 14 June 2020 Fortunately, the hesitance among some insurers to deploy capital is far from universal: There are a number of carriers that are willing to put private capital at risk so long as there is a strong government backstop. Daniel S. Glaser, Fortune, "How we can set up America’s insurance system for a future pandemic," 4 June 2020 Today, investors are expressing hesitance about the fund’s second iteration, which SoftBank hopes to make even bigger than the first. Los Angeles Times, "SoftBank takes control of WeWork as part of bailout; Adam Neumann leaves board," 22 Oct. 2019 Fauci's hesitance about plans for the presidential election is a contrast to Mr. Trump, who so far has shown no support for a Plan B in November. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Fauci says he "can't guarantee" in-person voting in November will be safe," 13 Apr. 2020 Sarri's hesitance to select the player also forced Hudson-Odoi to consider other options prior to Lampard's appointment. SI.com, "Callum Hudson-Odoi & Reece James Close to Signing New Chelsea Contracts," 12 Sep. 2019 President Donald Trump's hesitance to put in place a full ban has become increasingly clear in recent months. BostonGlobe.com, "Public health experts were pleased that the flavors most alluring to youths were prohibited, but feared teenagers would switch to menthol rather than quit vaping.," 2 Jan. 2020 Futures markets suggested a similar hesitance awaited Wall Street for its Thursday opening. New York Times, "White House Considers Postponing Tariffs to Help Businesses: Live Updates," 26 Mar. 2020 Senate traditionalists such as Mitch McConnell and Roy Blunt have thus far proven resistant, given their hesitance to open broader questions about changing the rules, but they should reconsider given the exigencies of the situation. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "It’s Time to Let Congress Vote Remotely," 23 Mar. 2020

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1601, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jun 2020

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“Hesitance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hesitance. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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