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hesitant

adjective

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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

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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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The first known use of hesitant was in 1647

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“Hesitant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/hesitant. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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