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[hez-i-tuh n-see] /ˈhɛz ɪ tən si/
noun, plural hesitancies.
hesitation; indecision or disinclination.
Also, hesitance.
Origin of hesitancy
1610-20; < Latin haesitantia. See hesitant, -ancy
Related forms
prehesitancy, noun, plural prehesitancies. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hesitancy
  • Part of the reason for this hesitancy is their staff's lack of experience.
  • The simpler explanation for the hesitancy to invest in all countries is the pervasive weakness of overall economic growth.
  • We have no hesitancy letting them see a shot on set.
Word Origin and History for hesitancy

1610s, from Latin haesitantia "action of stammering," from haesitantem (nominative haesitans) "stammering," present participle of haesitare (see hesitation).

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hesitancy in Medicine

hesitancy hes·i·tan·cy (hěz'ĭ-tən-sē)
An involuntary delay or inability in starting the urinary stream.

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