Meaning of “hesitation” in the English Dictionary


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hesitationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌhez.ɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌhez.əˈteɪ.ʃən/

C1 the act of pausing before doing something, especially because you are nervous or not certain:

After a slight hesitation, she began to speak.
Any hesitation on the part of the government will be seen as weakness.
formal I have no hesitation in recommending Ms Shapur for the job.

(Definition of “hesitation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)