hesitance

noun
hes·​i·​tance | \ˈhe-zə-tən(t)s \

Definition of hesitance 

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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

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The mother’s hesitance to report the crime underscores long-running concerns that undocumented immigrants are reluctant to engage with law enforcement out of fear of deportation, Salazar said. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Deputy accused of sexually assaulting girl, 4, threatening to have mother deported if she spoke up," 18 June 2018 And part of the hesitance to engage in pre-2020 electoral proxy warfare comes from senators’ tacit agreement to focus their energies on Senate seats. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats’ 2020 Hopefuls Refuse to Disagree (on the Midterms)," 1 July 2018 Teams took advantage, using it more often to avoid the awkward balance between players remaining on the active roster while nursing injuries and a hesitance to miss much time. James Wagner, New York Times, "Mets Win a Laugher, but Cespedes Remains in Injury Limbo," 15 May 2018 The mother's hesitance to report the crime underscores long-running concerns that undocumented immigrants are reluctant to engage with law enforcement out of fear of deportation, Salazar said. Samantha Schmidt, Houston Chronicle, "Deputy accused of sexually assaulting girl, 4, threatening to have mother deported if she spoke up," 18 June 2018 Yet there's a compelling hesitance to it; something more is coming here. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 9: The Many Lives of the Man in Black," 18 June 2018 Keim was getting roundly destroyed for his offseason and hesitance on trading into the top five. The Heat Index, azcentral, "NFL draft reaction: Arizona Cardinals among biggest winners in 2018 NFL draft?," 30 Apr. 2018 Investors’ hesitance now marks a reversal after many entered 2018 expecting a surge of global growth and inflation. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Slumping Real Yields Reflect Slow-Growth Pains," 6 June 2018 There's been some hesitance on the part of the North Koreans, after the second meeting with Xi, because the Chinese want a seat at the table. NBC News, "Meet the Press - May 27, 2018," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of hesitance

1601, in the meaning defined above

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