One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they gave the impression of hesitancy and doubt’
uncertainty, hesitation, hesitance, unsureness, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness, irresolution, irresoluteness, indecision, indecisiveness, equivocation, vacillation, wavering, scepticism, nervousness, second thoughts
dithering, stalling, shilly-shallying, temporizing, temporization, pausing, delay, hanging back, waiting
British havering, humming and hawing
informal dilly-dallying, blowing hot and cold
rare dubiety, incertitude, cunctation
2‘there was a little hesitancy in her voice’
reluctance, unwillingness, disinclination, unease, uneasiness, ambivalence, demurral, compunction
misgivings, qualms, scruples, reservations
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