prehesitation

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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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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