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hesitation

[hez-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌhɛz ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
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
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin haesitātiōn- (stem of haesitātiō). See hesitate, -ion
Related forms
prehesitation, noun
Synonyms
2. hesitancy, indecision, irresolution, vacillation. 3. stammer.
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Word Origin and History for pre hesitation

hesitation

n.

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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