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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
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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
  • The least hesitation or a false movement, and both aviator and craft are in danger.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • "Yet the grace was to be sufficient always," Kathie said, with some hesitation.

    Kathie's Soldiers Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • This was Bywater's opportunity; he chose to interpret the hesitation differently.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • 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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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