Synonyms & Antonyms of hesitancy

1 a lack of willingness or desire to do or accept something
  • his appointment to the superintendency was confirmed by the school board without the least hesitancy

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2 a state or an instance of temporary inaction because of uncertainty about the right course of action
  • his hesitancy in pulling over into the next lane while he had a chance resulted in him missing his exit

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The first known use of hesitancy was in 1617

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“Hesitancy.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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