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hesitant

adjective uk   /ˈhez.ɪ.tənt/ us  
If you are hesitant, you do not do something immediately or quickly because you are nervous or not certain: You seemed a bit hesitant about recommending that restaurant - is something wrong with it? She gave me a hesitant smile.HesitatingUncertainty
hesitancy
noun [U] uk   /-tən.si/ us  
The president is not known for his hesitancy in such matters.HesitatingUncertainty
hesitantly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
She approached the teacher hesitantly.HesitatingUncertainty
(Definition of hesitant from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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