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

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By contrast, only about 1 in 10 voters expressed such hesitance in regard to a candidate's gender or race. NBC News, "Still some extra hurdles for LGBTQ candidates, poll shows," 26 June 2019 The hesitance shows the fine line Walsh, a mayor who boasts a longtime, close relationship with the former vice president, has to walk in a heated Democratic primary race. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden’s Boston campaign stop highlights fine line mayor walks in race filled with friends and allies," 5 June 2019 Efforts to contain the virus also have been hindered by the path of the outbreak, which is spreading through areas marked by a deep distrust of foreigners, and therefore more hesitance to seek treatment. Nichole Sobecki, National Geographic, "The world's second-biggest Ebola outbreak is still raging. Here's why.," 24 May 2019 Nissan’s hesitance to agree to the deal was a contributing factor in the breakdown. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "Nissan and Renault Lock Horns as Relationship Sours Further," 10 June 2019 Trump on the issue — underscoring Mexican officials’ hesitance to appear critical of the president so soon after avoiding a major trade war. Felicia Sonmez, Washington Post, "Trump defends deal with Mexico that critics say will do little to curb migrant crisis," 9 June 2019 Joyner played this season on the franchise tag, and the Rams’ hesitance to give him a top-dollar, multiyear deal could be foreshadowing. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "McVay, Goff begin shaking off Rams’ loss, focusing on future," 5 Feb. 2019 So while Bublé’s quote may have reflected a real hesitance to keep up with being in the public eye, his comments about retiring may have been taken out of context. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Michael Bublé Responds to Retirement Rumors After Fans Erupt on Twitter," 15 Oct. 2018 Both board members and top staffers have called former CEO Travis Kalanick’s inability, often described as outright hesitance, to replace Callinicos into question, sources have told Recode. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber has finally hired a CFO — who has his work cut out for him," 21 Aug. 2018

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1601, in the meaning defined above

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