hesitancy
noun (plural -cies) Date: 1617 1. the quality or state of being hesitant: as a. indecision b. reluctance <
took that drastic step only with the greatest hesitancy
>
2. hesitation 1

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  • Hesitancy — Hes i*tan*cy, n. [L. haesitantia a stammering.] 1. The act of hesitating, or pausing to consider; slowness in deciding; vacillation; also, the manner of one who hesitates. [1913 Webster] 2. A stammering; a faltering in speech. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hesitancy — index doubt (indecision), hesitation, incertitude, indecision, pause, qualm, reluctance, scruple …   Law dictionary

  • hesitancy — 1610s, from L. haesitantia “action of stammering,” from haesitantem (nom. haesitans) stammering, prp. of haesitare (see HESITATION (Cf. hesitation)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hesitancy — *hesitation Analogous words: reluctance, averseness, indisposedness or indisposition (see corresponding adjectives at DISINCLINED): faltering, wavering, vacillation (see corresponding verbs at HESITATE) Contrasted words: resolution, tenacity,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hesitancy — [hez′ətənshez′i tən sē] n. pl. hesitancies [L haesitantia, a stammering < haesitans, prp. of haesitare] hesitation or indecision; doubt: also hesitance [hez′ətəns] …   English World dictionary

  • hesitancy — hesitance, hesitancy, hesitation All three words are first recorded in English in the early 17c, and the story since then has been one of advancement for hesitation and of sharp retreat for the other two, especially for hesitance although this… …   Modern English usage

  • hesitancy — n. 1) to show hesitancy 2) hesitancy about, in * * * [ hezɪt(ə)nsɪ] in to show hesitancy hesitancy about …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hesitancy — hesitant ► ADJECTIVE ▪ slow to act or speak through indecision or reluctance. DERIVATIVES hesitance noun hesitancy noun hesitantly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • hesitancy — noun 1. a feeling of diffidence and indecision about doing something (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑hesitance • Derivationally related forms: ↑hesitant, ↑hesitant (for: ↑hesitance) …   Useful english dictionary

  • hesitancy — /hez i teuhn see/, n., pl. hesitancies. hesitation; indecision or disinclination. Also, hesitance. [1610 20; < L haesitantia. See HESITANT, ANCY] * * * …   Universalium

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