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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 hesitance
  • The former supervisors hesitance might have nothing to do with your candidate.
  • We have broken the wall of fear and have dispersed the clouds of hesitance.
  • It appears there is some hesitance by clubs to sign him.
  • It is critical to address this hesitance about seeking help.
  • Uncertainty regarding future fuel prices likely contributed to consumer hesitance toward new vehicle purchases.
  • The group expressed interest in accomplishing this item, but also showed some hesitance.
  • With these changes in the law, employers' hesitance to enforce their drug policies should be gone.
Word Origin and History for hesitance

c.1600, from Latin haesitantia (see hesitancy).



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

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hesitance 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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