stut·ter·ing | \ˈstə-tər-iŋ \

Definition of stuttering 

: a disorder of vocal communication marked by involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by abnormal repetition, prolongation, or stoppage of vocal sounds) : disfluency

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That chronological stuttering can feel like a contradiction. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Never Prebook Your Return Flight From a Rocket Launch," 6 July 2018 Is the stuttering credit market about to become a problem for stocks. Richard Barley, WSJ, "What the Stuttering Corporate Bond Market Means for Stocks," 9 July 2018 Joseph Quinn brings Matt Saracen–levels of stuttering pathos to his role as the underclass suitor Leonard Bast. Kat Stoeffel, The Cut, "Howards End Is the Anti–Handmaid’s Tale," 17 May 2018 Argentina’s stuttering campaign was ended by France and Colombia’s by England thanks to those evil penalties. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why it's okay that Europe dominates the World Cup," 7 July 2018 West Ham will have the first option to buy Hart but looks unlikely after a stuttering season at the London Stadium., "Report: Sevilla Eyes Summer Swoop for Out-of-Form England International Joe Hart," 5 May 2018 With a stuttering economy and a reputation for fostering jihad against its neighbors, the troubled nation needs a dose of introspection. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Will Imran Khan Turn Pakistan Into an Islamic Welfare State?," 12 July 2018 Les Bleus were one of the favourites heading into the competition, but Didier Deschamps' side have had a stuttering start to the tournament - much like with other international giants., "VIDEO: Lionel Messi Stuns Reporter With Incredible Heartwarming 'Good Luck Charm' Gesture," 27 June 2018 Captain Harry Kane came to the rescue with two goals, the second a dramatic injury-time winner, as England began their World Cup Group G campaign with a stuttering 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday. Daniel Hicks,, "Captain fantastic Kane to the rescue as England beat Tunisia at the last," 19 June 2018

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1595, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of stuttering 

1 : the act of one who stutters

2 : a disorder of vocal communication marked by involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by abnormal repetition, prolongation, or stoppage of vocal sounds) : disfluency

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