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hesitation

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌhez.ɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  
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.
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