Definition of hesitancy in English:

hesitancy

noun

mass noun
  • The quality or state of being hesitant.

    ‘Jackson took advantage of some hesitancy in the defence to rifle in a shot’
    • ‘She wavered between hesitancy and her natural propensity for fun.’
    • ‘There is one man who will have no doubts or hesitancies.’
    • ‘And by and large, they want to have questions asked and they want to have some hesitancy about this initiative.’
    • ‘The hesitancy and uncertainty that characterised the lead-up to this conflict has now been taken into the battlefield.’
    • ‘With equal frequency he swept the ball off the sod without a second's hesitancy, and all told his was a performance fit to grace any final.’
    uncertainty, hesitation, hesitance, unsureness, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness, irresolution, irresoluteness, indecision, indecisiveness, equivocation, vacillation, wavering, scepticism, nervousness, second thoughts
    reluctance, unwillingness, disinclination, unease, uneasiness, ambivalence, demurral, compunction
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Pronunciation

hesitancy

/ˈhɛzɪt(ə)nsi/