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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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