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Tentative, unsure, or slow in acting or speaking:‘clients are hesitant about buying’‘her slow, hesitant way of speaking’
lacking confidence, diffident, timid, shy, bashful, insecure, self-effacinguncertain, undecided, unsure, doubtful, in doubt, dubious, tentative, half-hearted, ambivalent, sceptical, reluctant, nervous, having misgivings, having qualms, hanging back, stalling, delayingView synonyms
- ‘Now I'm very hesitant to cast doubt on any of your marvellous answers, but I do struggle to accept this one.’
- ‘The staff was very hesitant, making excuses and delaying to show Tony his baby.’
- ‘I stepped boldly out on that new path, unsure and a little afraid, but never hesitant.’
- ‘The kiss was slow and innocent at first, apprehensive; he was still hesitant and unsure.’
- ‘That said, I was still a bit hesitant to buy a whole big watermelon and soak it in vodka.’
- ‘In times of writer's block, Dre has never been hesitant to seek alternative medicine.’
- ‘Far from being a gesture of national confidence, our arts policy is hesitant and uncertain.’
- ‘The actor was initially hesitant when he first heard of the project.’
- ‘I know that you run into a lot of people who are hesitant to accept the fact that you say you do this.’
- ‘Though he would like to return home he is hesitant because of the fact that health care is unaffordable.’
- ‘That shows that customers are less hesitant to buy from the chipmaker, he said.’
- ‘Even Ferguson was reportedly hesitant in accepting the brief last Monday.’
- ‘Life is the only inspiration for Kundan Shah in an industry hesitant to accept his films.’
- ‘Until now, the UN has been characteristically hesitant, to sometimes tragic effect.’
- ‘The hesitant robins were nowhere to be seen - I fear I may have scared them off.’
- ‘This union is hesitant in what they do, therefore they are not taken seriously by the government.’
- ‘I was a little nervous and hesitant about taking on the job three years ago but I am glad that I did.’
- ‘On the other hand, the governor also seemed hesitant in giving orders to the military and police.’
- ‘Their passing moves, once their strongest feature, were hesitant and ragged, to be charitable.’
- ‘Thus the only superpower on Earth appears hesitant about projecting its power on the international stage.’
Late Middle English: from Latin haesitant- being undecided, from the verb haesitare (see hesitate).
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