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[hez-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌhɛz ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of hesitating; a delay due to uncertainty of mind or fear:
His hesitation cost him the championship.
a state of doubt or uncertainty.
a halting or faltering in speech.
Origin of hesitation
1615-25; < Latin haesitātiōn- (stem of haesitātiō). See hesitate, -ion
Related forms
prehesitation, noun
2. hesitancy, indecision, irresolution, vacillation. 3. stammer. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As to finding a function for you in society, there was no hesitation as to what that would be.

    Looking Backward Edward Bellamy
  • By that time there was no longer any hesitation as to what course to pursue.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • "Yet the grace was to be sufficient always," Kathie said, with some hesitation.

    Kathie's Soldiers Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • There was solemnity, but no hesitation, in the manner with which they now went to the safe.

    The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • After a moment's hesitation Mutimer ascended the stairs by threes.

    Demos George Gissing
Word Origin and History for hesitation

c.1400, from Old French hesitacion or directly from Latin haesitationem (nominative haesitatio) "a hesitation, stammering," figuratively "irresolution, uncertainty," from haesitare "stick fast, remain fixed; stammer in speech," figuratively "hesitate, be irresolute, be at a loss, be undecided," frequentative of haerere "stick, cling," from PIE *ghais-e (cf. Lithuanian gaistu "to delay, tarry"), from root *ghais- "to adhere; hesitate."

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