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hesitant

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of hesitant

  1. slow to begin or proceed with a course of action because of doubts or uncertainty he was hesitant about committing himself to the oversight of the project, which he knew would be long and difficult Synonyms of hesitant cagey (also cagy), disinclined, dubious, indisposed, loath (also loth or loathe), reluctant, reticent Words Related to hesitant uneager, unenthusiastic; averse, unwilling; ambivalent, conflicted, doubtful, faltering, halting, indecisive, infirm, irresolute, questioning, skeptical, uncertain, undecided, unsure, vacillating, wobbly (also wabbly); fainthearted, shy, timid Near Antonyms of hesitant eager, enthusiastic, glad, happy, keen; ready, willing; certain, decided, determined, resolute, sure, unquestioning Antonyms of hesitant disposed, inclined

Synonym Discussion of hesitant

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 again
    • disinclined for reading
hesitant implies a holding back especially through fear or uncertainty.
    • hesitant about asking for a date
reluctant 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

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