hesitation

  • 1 hésitation — [ ezitasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XVe; esitacion fin XIIIe; lat. hæsitatio 1 ♦ Le fait d hésiter. ⇒ doute, embarras, flottement, incertitude, indécision. Hésitation entre deux partis. N avoir plus aucune hésitation. Accepter qqch. sans hésitation. « Ses… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 Hésitation — (roman) Hésitation Auteur Stephenie Meyer Genre Version originale Titre original Eclipse Éditeur original Little, Brown Co. Langue originale Anglais …

    Wikipédia en Français

  • 3 hesitation — hesitation, hesitancy are often used interchangeably as meaning a hesitating. But hesitation more often applies to the act or fact or to a sign of hesitating {without hesitation Flora seized her father round the body and pulled back Conrad} {the… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 hesitation — c.1400, from O.Fr. hesitacion or directly from L. haesitationem (nom. haesitatio) a hesitation, stammering, figuratively irresolution, uncertainty, from haesitare stick fast, remain fixed; stammer in speech, figuratively hesitate, be irresolute,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 Hesitation — Hes i*ta tion, n. [L. haesitatio: cf. F. h[ e]sitation.] 1. The act of hesitating; suspension of opinion or action; doubt; vacillation. [1913 Webster] 2. A faltering in speech; stammering. Swift. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 hesitation — I noun caution, cunctatio, delay, diffidence, doubt, dubiety, dubitatio, dubitation, equivocation, faltering, fluctuation, haesitatio, hesitancy, holding back, incertitude, indecision, irresolution, nervousness, oscillation, overcaution, qualm,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 hesitation — [n] waiting; uncertainty averseness, dawdling, delay, delaying, demurral, doubt, dubiety, equivocation, faltering, fluctuation, fumbling, hemming and hawing*, hesitancy, indecision, indecisiveness, indisposition, irresolution, misgiving, mistrust …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 hesitation — [hez΄i tā′shən] n. [L haesitatio] a hesitating or feeling hesitant; specif., a) uncertainty; indecision b) reluctance c) the act of groping for words; halting speech d) a pausing or delaying hesitative adj. hesitatively adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 hesitation — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ brief, momentary, slight ▪ There was a momentary hesitation before he replied. ▪ considerable ▪ little ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 hesitation — hesitance, hesitancy, hesitation All three words are first recorded in English in the early 17c, and the story since then has been one of advancement for hesitation and of sharp retreat for the other two, especially for hesitance although this… …

    Modern English usage

  • 11 hesitation — n. 1) to show hesitation 2) momentary hesitation 3) hesitation about, in (I have no hesitation about throwing him out) * * * [ˌhezɪ teɪʃ(ə)n] in (I have no hesitation about throwing him out) momentary hesitation to show hesitation hesitation… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 hesitation — [[t]he̱zɪte͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] hesitations 1) N VAR: oft N in ing Hesitation is an unwillingness to do something, or a delay in doing it, because you are uncertain, worried, or embarrassed about it. → See also hesitate He promised there would be no more …

    English dictionary

  • 13 hesitation — hes|i|ta|tion [ˌhezıˈteıʃən] n [U and C] when someone hesitates ▪ After some hesitation one of them began to speak. without hesitation ▪ He agreed without hesitation. have no hesitation in doing sth ▪ I would have no hesitation in recommending… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 HÉSITATION — s. f. Incertitude dans l énonciation. Réciter sans hésitation, sans la moindre hésitation. Parler, répondre avec hésitation. Ses fréquentes hésitations fatiguaient l auditoire.   Il se dit aussi Du doute, de l indécision qu une personne manifeste …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 15 HÉSITATION — n. f. Doute, indécision qu’une personne manifeste par ses mouvements, par sa conduite, etc. Mouvement d’hésitation. Longue hésitation. Ses perpétuelles hésitations rendirent sa bonne foi suspecte. Il se dit aussi de l’Incertitude dans… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 16 hesitation — noun (C, U) the action of hesitating: After some hesitation one of them began to speak. | have no hesitation in: I would have no hesitation in declining the post. | after/without a moment s hesitation: Without a moment s hesitation she kissed him …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 hesitation */ — UK [ˌhezɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms hesitation : singular hesitation plural hesitations a pause before doing something, or a feeling that you should not do it, especially because you are nervous, embarrassed, or… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 hésitation — (é zi ta sion ; en vers, de cinq syllabes) s. f. 1°   Doute, indécision dans ce qu on doit faire. •   Toutes ces paroles que l empereur venait de prodiguer ne prouvaient que son désappointement et qu une grande hésitation le ressaisissait ; car… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 19 hesitation — hes|i|ta|tion [ ,hezı teıʃn ] noun count or uncount * a pause before doing something or a feeling that you should not do it, especially because you are nervous, embarrassed, or worried: After a brief hesitation, he answered Yes. have no… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 hesitation — noun 1. indecision in speech or action (Freq. 4) • Syn: ↑vacillation, ↑wavering • Derivationally related forms: ↑waver (for: ↑wavering), ↑vacillate …

    Useful english dictionary


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