hesitation

[hez-i-tey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of hesitating; a delay due to uncertainty of mind or fear: His hesitation cost him the championship.
2.
a state of doubt or uncertainty.
3.
a halting or faltering in speech.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin haesitātiōn- (stem of haesitātiō). See hesitate, -ion

prehesitation, noun


2. hesitancy, indecision, irresolution, vacillation. 3. stammer.
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hesitate (ˈhɛzɪˌteɪt)
 
vb
1.  to hold back or be slow in acting; be uncertain
2.  to be unwilling or reluctant (to do something)
3.  to stammer or pause in speaking
 
[C17: from Latin haesitāre, from haerēre to cling to]
 
'hesitater
 
n
 
'hesitator
 
n
 
'hesitatingly
 
adv
 
hesi'tation
 
n
 
'hesitative
 
adj

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hesitation
1620s, from L. hæsitationem (nom. hæsitatio) "irresolution, uncertainty," from hæsitare "stick fast, stammer in speech, be undecided," freq. of hærere "stick, cling," from PIE *ghais-eyo (cf. Lith. gaistu "to delay, tarry").
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Example sentences
There could be no hesitation, no uncertainty in his movements.
Biologists have little hesitation in linking humans' success to their sociality.
But the government's hesitation in saving its national champions nonetheless
  demonstrates its fiscal limits.
As always, that's caused no hesitation in wild speculation on the part of
  paleontologists.
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