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[uhn-hez-i-tey-ting] /ʌnˈhɛz ɪˌteɪ tɪŋ/
without hesitation; not delayed by uncertainty:
an unhesitating decision.
unwavering; unfaltering; steady:
an unhesitating adherence to duty.
Origin of unhesitating
1745-55; un-1 + hesitating
Related forms
unhesitatingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • (in English idiom, 'smoking tobacco') was the unhesitating answer.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • "Because you shouldn't take fright and leave him," was the unhesitating reply.

  • She was almost surprised at herself for this unhesitating open-handedness, and sat down to consider just what it meant.

    Arundel Edward Frederic Benson
  • Those who started with an unhesitating flight number about twenty.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • It might however be the case that in such circumstances duty required her to give him at once an unhesitating answer.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • I would like it,” was the unhesitating reply, “if I can do it.

    Growing Up Jennie M. Drinkwater
  • This is because a revolutionary minority, once embarked, has before it only the single, simple path of unhesitating action.

  • Castiglione smiled at the direct question and the unhesitating tone.

    A Lady of Rome F. Marion Crawford
  • I think I know all about that, and my judgment is unhesitating.

    Recollections of a Varied Life George Cary Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for unhesitating


steadfast; unwavering: unhesitating loyalty
without hesitation; prompt
Derived Forms
unhesitatingly, adverb
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