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hesitant (ˈhɛzɪtənt Pronunciation for hesitant



  1. wavering, hesitating, or irresolute

Derived Forms

ˈhesitance, ˈhesitancy noun
ˈhesitantly adverb


View thesaurus entry
= uncertain, reluctant, shy, halting, doubtful, sceptical, unsure, hesitating, wavering, timid, diffident, lacking confidence, vacillating, hanging back, irresolute, half-arsed, half-assed, half-hearted,

Translations for 'hesitant'

  • British English: hesitant If you are hesitant about doing something, you do not do it quickly or immediately, usually because you are uncertain, embarrassed, or worried. ADJECTIVEShe was hesitant about coming forward with her story.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: hesitante
  • Chinese: 迟疑不决的迟遲疑不决決的
  • European Spanish: indeciso indecisa
  • French: hésitant hésitante
  • German: zögernd
  • Italian: indeciso indecisa
  • Japanese: ためらった
  • Korean: 주저하는
  • Portuguese: hesitante
  • Spanish: indeciso indecisa

Example Sentences Including 'hesitant'

Each was comfortable in a world where guns and hunting were part of everyday life, though both were hesitant about actual killing.
canada.com (2004)
Fragments of her garbled, hesitant , appalled version of events in that underground garage in Peshawar nagged at him.
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
If the team is a bit shaky and hesitant , the result can still be positive.
Gillett, David & Scott-Joynt, Michael (eds.) Treasure in the Field
Mr Blair looked rather tired yesterday, his usual fluency at the dispatch box replaced by something more hesitant.
Independent (1999)
Or perhaps he was hesitant to reveal any limits to their Harshini power.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
Such a move might allow the hesitant council members to say later they did not agree to war.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The empire of b-NRIs, in most cases, comprises closely-held companies which are hesitant to step into the full glare of arc lights.
Business Today (2000)
The form rose up from its crouching position, and came a little way down the stairs, its gait hesitant.
Clive Barker GALILEE (2001)


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