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

Definition of hesitance

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 The best way to quash that hesitance is to practice solving. New York Times, 26 June 2022 But in that moment my need for a spicy sour dilly crunch greatly overpowered any hesitance. Shani Hillian, Bon Appétit, 23 June 2022 There is still a lot of hesitance among certain players to getting vaccines, but the source noted that the 65 percent is higher than the national numbers for Americans ages 18-24 (48 percent) and ages 25-39 (50 percent). BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2021 On policing, Bowser maintained her push for a larger police force while Robert White and Trayon White maintained their hesitance to hire more officers instead of diverting funds to non-police alternatives. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 The White House’s hesitance on the issue represents the latest fracture within the Democratic party, which Biden has failed to unite around his ambitious economic agenda. Nancy Cook, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022 An added layer to this hesitance may be the fact that naming boys Junior is sometimes associated with a tradition of masculinity and even narcissism. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, 29 Apr. 2022 The hesitance to open the product up to public is understandable. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 11 May 2022 UnionPay’s hesitance to enter the Russian market is the latest example of large Chinese companies growing wary of doing business in Russia, despite the fact that China has not officially joined Western leaders in piling sanctions on Russia. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hesitance

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 10 Aug. 2022.

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