Examples of hesitant in a Sentence
She took a hesitant step back from the door.
He seems hesitant about accepting the job.
Recent Examples of hesitant from the Web
In Oldham, a working-class town just north of Manchester, many residents were hesitant to talk about issues to do with Brexit or Trump, particularly in earshot of other people.
Jason, by contrast, is more hesitant to use that language.
Pearce was hesitant to talk about Spacey when Denton mentioned his name.
Those volunteers were much more hesitant to hit the machine.
All are main characters in a sense, but Michael Cera’s hesitant, smartass security guard and Brian Tyree Henry’s grounded moral compass took center stage by curtain call.
The Celtics seem hesitant to give up a first rounder for Evans, who will not come with Bird rights and may end up being a rental.
Tveidt, an admittedly private man, was initially hesitant.
In a bid to fix the agency, Baker pushed a hesitant Legislature to grant the T a three-year reprieve from the law, arguing the agency would benefit from privatizing some functions.
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Synonym Discussion of hesitant
- disinclined to move again
- disinclined for reading
- hesitant about asking for a date
- a reluctant witness
- seems loath to trust anyone
- averse to hard work
- not averse to an occasional drink
HESITANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hesitant for English Language Learners
: slow to act or speak especially because you are nervous or unsure about what to do : feeling or showing hesitation
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Definition of hesitant for Students
- I was hesitant to join in.
- Toby read … hesitantly, as if he didn't really believe what he was saying …
- —Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Egypt Game
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