hes·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌhe-zə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce hesitation (audio) \

Definition of hesitation

1 : an act or instance of hesitating
2 : a pausing or faltering in speech

Examples of hesitation in a Sentence

one moment's hesitation on my part, and the elusive butterfly was lost to me forever
Recent Examples on the Web Without hesitation, Wheel of Fortune fans immediately reached out to her with loving and supportive words. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 3 May 2022 Elsewhere in Ukraine, the military has, without hesitation, blown up bridges, bombed roads and disabled rail lines and airports. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Without any hesitation, both MacDonald and his wife said yes. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, 23 Mar. 2022 Without any hesitation, the junior forward netted a 3-pointer that brought OU's bench to its feet. Justin Martinez, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2022 Payer consolidation and collaboration is also prevalent in the industry, though not without hesitation and new vehicles for oversight. Seth Joseph, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 An early review pointed to that omission as hesitation, a fear of going there, recalled Kurtzman. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 In the vastly more polished Grand Cherokee, the powertrain's hesitation and its abrupt transitions stand out. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 19 Apr. 2022 Mara’s hesitation is weighted with a telling uncertainty. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hesitation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 May 2022

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“Hesitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hesitation. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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