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Definition of hesitant adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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slow to speak or act because you feel uncertain, embarrassed, or unwilling a hesitant smile the baby's first few hesitant steps hesitant about something She's hesitant about signing the contract. hesitant to do something Doctors are hesitant to comment on the new treatment.
adverb He smiled hesitantly.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hesitant