Definition of hesitant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhezɪtənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhezɪtənt//
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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. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin haesitant- ‘being undecided’, from the verb haesitare, from haerere ‘stick, stay’.Extra examples She felt somewhat hesitant about accepting the offer. Holding his hand, she managed to take her first few hesitant steps. It was a few seconds before she heard a hesitant reply. She’s hesitant about signing the contract.
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