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or hesitance

[hez-i-tuh n-see] /ˈhɛz ɪ tən si/
noun, plural hesitancies.
hesitation; indecision or disinclination.
Origin of hesitancy
1610-20; < Latin haesitantia. See hesitant, -ancy
Related forms
prehesitancy, noun, plural prehesitancies. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Barbara knew that his earnestness was genuine, but the timidity and hesitancy of the big fellow amused her.

    The Morning Glory Club George A. Kyle
  • Dick spoke at once, with a hesitancy that betrayed the depth of his emotion.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • My hesitancy resulted in writing for a roving commission to represent The Tribune in the Southwest.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • They were doing the "hesitation" with the hesitancy emphasized.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The newcomers, unacquainted with its reputation, found no hesitancy in moving in until better homes could be secured.

  • Might he not yet turn to advantage this hesitancy of Crispin's to strike the final blow?

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • Without any hesitancy he replied: “Oh I saw your snow shoe tracks in the snow.”

    On the Indian Trail Egerton Ryerson Young
Word Origin and History for hesitancy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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