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hesitation

noun

1 hesitation

Indecision in speech or action.

synonyms: vacillation, wavering.

Roget 475: uncertainty, incertitude, doubt; doubtfulness etc. adj.; dubiety, dubitation, dubitancy, dubitousness.    hesitation, suspense; perplexity, embarrassment, ... show more

Roget 583: inarticulateness; stammering etc. v.; hesitation etc. v.; impediment in one's speech; titubancy, traulism; whisper etc. (faint sound) ... show more

Roget 860: fear, timidity, diffidence, want of confidence; apprehensiveness, fearfulness etc. adj.; solicitude, anxiety, care, apprehension, misgiving; feeze [U.S.]; ... show more

Dutch: aarzeling, weifeling
Polish: chwiejność, wahliwość



2 hesitation

A certain degree of unwillingness:
— After some hesitation he agreed.

synonyms: disinclination, hesitancy, indisposition, reluctance.

Roget 603: unwillingness etc. adj.; indisposition, indisposedness; disinclination, aversation; nolleity, nolition; renitence, renitency; reluctance; indifference ... show more

Roget 605: irresolution, infirmity of purpose, indecision; indetermination, undetermination; unsettlement; uncertainty etc. 475; demur, suspense; hesitating etc. v., ... show more

Dutch: afkeer, aversie, balorigheid, onwil, onwilligheid, tegenzin, weerzin

3 hesitation

The act of pausing uncertainly:
— There was a hesitation in his speech.

synonyms: falter, faltering, waver.

Polish: zacięcie, zająknięcie, zająknienie


Moby thesaurus: Fabian policy, Micawberism, abeyance, averseness, backwardness, balbuties, bashfulness, boggle, boggling, break, caesura, calculation, canniness, capriciousness, care, careful consideration, carefulness, caution, cautiousness, cease-fire ... show more.

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