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hesitant

[hez-i-tuh nt] /ˈhɛz ɪ tənt/
adjective
1.
hesitating; undecided, doubtful, or disinclined.
2.
lacking readiness of speech.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin haesitant- (stem of haesitāns), present participle of haesitāre to falter, hesitate, equivalent to haes(us), past participle of haerēre to stick, hold fast + -it- frequentative suffix + -ant- -ant
Related forms
hesitantly, adverb
nonhesitant, adjective
nonhesitantly, adverb
unhesitant, adjective
unhesitantly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for hesitant

hesitant

/ˈhɛzɪtənt/
adjective
1.
wavering, hesitating, or irresolute
Derived Forms
hesitance, hesitancy, noun
hesitantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for hesitant
adj.

1640s, probably a back-formation from hesitancy, or else from Latin haesitantem. Related: Hesitantly.

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