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English noun: hesitation

1. hesitation (cognition) indecision in speech or action

Synonymsvacillation, wavering

Broader (hypernym)indecision, indecisiveness, irresolution

2. hesitation (attribute) a certain degree of unwillingness

SamplesA reluctance to commit himself.
His hesitancy revealed his basic indisposition.
After some hesitation he agreed.

Synonymsdisinclination, hesitancy, indisposition, reluctance

Broader (hypernym)involuntariness, unwillingness

Narrower (hyponym)sloth, slothfulness

3. hesitation (act) the act of pausing uncertainly

SamplesThere was a hesitation in his speech.

Synonymsfalter, faltering, waver

Broader (hypernym)pause

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