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Pronunciation:  `hezi'teyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of pausing uncertainly; "there was a hesitation in his speech"
  2. [n]  a certain degree of unwillingness; "a reluctance to commit himself"; "after some hesitation he agreed"
  3. [n]  indecision in speech or action

HESITATION is a 10 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: disinclination, falter, faltering, hesitancy, indisposition, reluctance, vacillation, waver, wavering
 See Also: indecision, indecisiveness, irresolution, pause, sloth, slothfulness, unwillingness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hes`i*ta"tion\, n. [L. haesitatio: cf. F.
1. The act of hesitating; suspension of opinion or action;
   doubt; vacillation.

2. A faltering in speech; stammering. --Swift.

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