Definitions of hesitation

  1. indecision in speech or action Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A faltering in speech; stammering. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A pause due to uncertainty; doubt; a stopping to consider; indecision; a faltering in speech; a halting movement in a dance. Also, hesitancy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Indecision; pause; stammering. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. The act of hesitating; stammering. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. Doubt; suspense of opinion or decision from uncertainty how to act. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for hesitation

  1. " I'll try," promised Wyllard with a certain hesitation – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  2. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation – Aphorisms and Reflections from the works of T. H. Huxley by Thomas Henry Huxley