hesitancy

noun hes·i·tan·cy \ ˈhe-zə-tən(t)-sē \

Definition of hesitancy

plural hesitancies
1 :the quality or state of being hesitant: such as
b :reluctance
  • took that drastic step only with the greatest hesitancy
2 :hesitation 1

Examples of hesitancy in a Sentence

  1. his appointment to the superintendency was confirmed by the school board without the least hesitancy

  2. his hesitancy in pulling over into the next lane while he had a chance resulted in him missing his exit

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First Known Use of hesitancy

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HESITANCY Defined for Kids

hesitancy

noun hes·i·tan·cy \ ˈhe-zə-tən-sē \

Definition of hesitancy for Students

:the quality or state of being unwilling to do something because of doubt or nervousness


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