: slow to act or proceed (as from fear, indecision, or unwillingness) : tending to hesitate: showing or feeling reluctance or hesitationtook a hesitant step towards the doorhesitant about accepting the job
disinclined, hesitant, reluctant, loath, averse mean lacking the will or desire to do something indicated. disinclined implies lack of taste for or inclination.
disinclined to move againdisinclined for readinghesitant implies a holding back especially through fear or uncertainty.
hesitant about asking for a datereluctant implies a holding back through unwillingness.
a reluctant witness loath implies hesitancy because of conflict with one's opinions, predilections, or liking.
seems loath to trust anyone averse implies a holding back from or avoiding because of distaste or repugnance.
averse to hard work
not averse to an occasional drink
Examples of hesitant in a Sentence
She took a hesitant step back from the door.
He seems hesitant about accepting the job.
Recent Examples on the WebSome parents who weren't familiar with the holiday were hesitant at first.
Meirav Devash, Allure, 28 Sep. 2022 Simms-Cendan, the president-elect of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, said parents who might have been hesitant in the past now want to discuss birth control.
Heather Hollingsworth, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2022 Decisiveness is starting to be part of the vocabulary instead of being hesitant, and that comes with knowledge of the offense.
Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 26 Sep. 2022 The other members of the association were hesitant at first, Frie said, and unsure of how the community would react.
Madeline Heim, Journal Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2022 Yet, Roberts was hesitant Wednesday to cement them in such roles.
Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2022 Baby Michael was hesitant at first to try the tasty treat, but there’s nothing like a new adventure.
Matt Preis, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2022 At a time when U.S. leadership is hesitant if not flatly wrong, such as in the tragic decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, British resolve is critical to sustain and advance Western interests.
John Bolton, WSJ, 6 Sep. 2022 However hesitant Americans are about Novavax, for whatever reasons, the situation is quite the opposite elsewhere.
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