hesitancy

Definitions

  • Hesitation. Neapolitan
    Hesitation. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hesitancy a certain degree of unwillingness "a reluctance to commit himself","his hesitancy revealed his basic indisposition","after some hesitation he agreed"
    • n hesitancy a feeling of diffidence and indecision about doing something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hesitancy A stammering; a faltering in speech.
    • Hesitancy The act of hesitating, or pausing to consider; slowness in deciding; vacillation; also, the manner of one who hesitates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hesitancy The state or condition of hesitating; indecision; vacillation.
    • n hesitancy Synonyms See hesitation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Hesitancy wavering: doubt: stammering
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Quotations

  • Sir Walter Scott
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    “To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.”
  • James Thurber
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    “He who hesitates is sometimes saved.”
  • Dagobert D. Runes
    Dagobert D. Runes
    “Hesitancy in judgment is the only true mark of the thinker.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Successful leaders have the courage to take action where others hesitate.”
  • Orlando A. Battista
    Orlando A. Battista
    “The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're still alive.”
  • Bogovich
    Bogovich
    “He who hesitates is probably right.”

Idioms

He who hesitates is lost - If one waits too long, the opportunity vanishes.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. haesitantia, a stammering
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. hæsitāre, -ātum, freq. of hærēre, hæsum, to stick.

Usage

In literature:

The monk took the switch in his hand and hesitated.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
But Ricky had crossed hesitatingly to that cavernous fireplace and was standing there looking up as her brothers joined her.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
Standing beside the bed, he looked at her seriously, with his brows contracted, dominated by a desire that he hesitated to express.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
La Valliere was overcome: after a little further hesitation, she allowed herself to be led away, half fainting, by her royal lover.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Then he left it and walked to the desk, placing a hand on its top and hesitating.
"The Boss of the Lazy Y" by Charles Alden Seltzer
He could die for her without a moment's hesitation.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
Then she ordered coffee, and after a second's hesitation cigarettes.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
She hesitated a moment, scarlet revolt in her face; she hesitated for a long moment; and the lad thought that surely the time had come.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
For a minute Charmian hesitated, almost resolved to go back to bed.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
She hesitated, for at the moment the thought of Keenan's trust had passed from her mind.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
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In poetry:

My fingers touching her side brought me the reason—
her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting,
alive, still, never to be born.
Beside that mountain road I hesitated.
"Traveling Through The Dark" by William Stafford
Some cling together while they wait,
And droop and gaze and hesitate,
But others leap along the sky,
Or circle round and calmly choose
The gust they know they ought to use;
"Thistledown" by Harold Monro
Only of her deserted, the sole thing left unwilling,
Behind her I hesitate, some desolate fate fulfilling;
In the yellowing fall I linger and wait for the winter's
chilling.
"The Black Swallow-Tail Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose
Fear grandeurs, O soul.
And if you cannot overcome
your ambitions, pursue them with hesitation
and caution. And the more you advance,
the more inquisitive, careful you must be.
"The Ides of March" by Constantine P Cavafy
To sleep and to forget,--O blessèd guerdon!
The day is waning, and the night draws near;
My failing heart grows weary of its burden;
Why should I therefore hesitate or fear
To sleep and to forget?
"To Sleep And Forget" by John Lawson Stoddard
Dancer whose body filled with your hesitant fate,
pausing, as though your young flesh had been cast in bronze;
grieving and listening—. Then, from the high dominions,
unearthly music fell into your altered heart.
"The Sonnets To Orpheus: XXV" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

But despite quibbling on conservative television network Fox News by veteran Republican strategist Karl Rove, and apparent hesitancy to accept defeat by Republican Mitt Romney's campaign, the numbers on the ground told the true story.
Several hesitated to say how old they were--some refused.
If there's a moral to this story it's to hesitate before hitting the Send button.
Without hesitation, I began by saying, He ended America's in.
It's hard to recall another year in which consumers were so hesitant about injecting their own personalities into buying decisions.
Turkey will retaliate without hesitation if its border with Syria is violated again, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday.
When we spoke with offensive coordinator Gil Haskell about the receiving corps, he was hesitant to say anything about DJ Hackett and how he fits into the plans this week.
She stared at the numbers on her cell phone — 9-1-1 — but hesitated to hit send.
She stared at the numbers on her cellphone - 911 - but hesitated to hit send.
Had I seen the birds in Texas or Florida, I would not have hesitated as to their identification.
Without hesitation, without a qualm.
With foreign governments and donors hesitant to send funds to President René Préval's administration, a Haiti election was necessary if the country wanted to tap into into billions of dollars in aid.
Spinney 's superiors were hesitant to give in to pressure to made the report public.
The Bush administration may hesitate to give Arab allies public credit, but Washington investigators should consider warnings that at least two friendly Arab intelligence services sent to Washington just weeks before the Sept 11 attacks.
I voted for President Barack Obama, and I'd vote for him again with no hesitation.
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In science:

This photon index is consistent with that of X-ray binaries and some low-luminosity AGN, although we are hesitant to provide detailed interpretation due to the heterogeneous nature of the averaged sources. A similar photon index has recently been derived by Tozzi et al. (2001).
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
In less than about half a century it metamorphosed from an obscure technique to remove infinities in quantum field theory into a truly ubiquitous concept, so central to physics that I do not hesitate to put it first in this list.
Why Renormalizable NonCommutative Quantum Field Theories?
We hesitate from implementing their prescriptions because their results are based on purely heuristic arguments without the rigorous analysis of an appropriate dispersion relation (as was provided in Spruit 2006).
The Internal Shear of Type Ia Supernova Progenitors During Accretion and Simmering
The author’s current knowledge of arbitrary unipotent algebraic groups is at the moment lacking, so he hesitates to make any bold claim concerning this; but it is certainly worth pursuing.
Generic Representation Theory of the Unipotent Upper Triangular Groups
Only after considerable initial hesitation, I finally agreed.
Dynamo models of grand minima
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