hesitation

Definitions

  • Hesitation. Neapolitan
    Hesitation. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hesitation the act of pausing uncertainly "there was a hesitation in his speech"
    • n hesitation a certain degree of unwillingness "a reluctance to commit himself","his hesitancy revealed his basic indisposition","after some hesitation he agreed"
    • n hesitation indecision in speech or action
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hesitation A faltering in speech; stammering.
    • Hesitation The act of hesitating; suspension of opinion or action; doubt; vacillation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hesitation The act of hesitating; a pausing or delay in determining or acting; suspension of judgment or decision from uncertainty of mind; a state of doubt.
    • n hesitation An irregular involuntary pausing in speech; awkward or embarrassed interruption of speech; stammering.
    • n hesitation Synonyms Hesitation, Hesitancy; wavering, suspense, uncertainty, doubt, vacillation; faltering. Hesitation is perhaps more often used for the act of hesitating, hesitancy generally for the spirit, character, or frame of mind. Hesitation is more common.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Hesitation wavering: doubt: stammering
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.”
  • Seneca
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    “We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.”
  • Blaise Pascal
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    “If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation, that He exists.”
  • Bogovich
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    “He who hesitates is probably right.”
  • Samuel Butler
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    “In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “If the mass of people hesitate to act, strike with swiftly and with boldness, the brave heart that understands and seizes opportunity can everything.”

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. haesitatio,: cf. F. hésitation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. hæsitāre, -ātum, freq. of hærēre, hæsum, to stick.

Usage

In literature:

It was beside the shop that Maggie stood for an instant hesitating.
"The Captives" by Hugh Walpole
It caught and hesitated.
"The Woman Who Did" by Grant Allen
Selfish and unscrupulous as he was, Freeling hesitated to do this.
"Cast Adrift" by T. S. Arthur
When he spoke again it was with some hesitation, and his manner was almost diffident.
"In the Wilderness" by Robert Hichens
After hesitating for three days, the poor girl, saddened rather than frightened, confided her troubles to Daniel.
"The Clique of Gold" by Emile Gaboriau
Yes, a man would hesitate to kiss her unless he were well shaved.
"The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig" by David Graham Phillips
I knew Duncan Woodward would not hesitate to attack me.
"True to Himself" by Edward Stratemeyer
Tavernake stepped quickly forward and then hesitated.
"The Tempting of Tavernake" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
They were not lacking who thought so, and who did not hesitate to imply it.
"The Inside of the Cup, Complete" by Winston Churchill
These and others did not hesitate to tell of the magnificence of the Little Giant's torchlight procession the previous evening.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
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In poetry:

It will be my leafy cabin,
Large enough when June returns
And I hear the golden thrushes
Flute and hesitate by turns.
"The Grave-Tree" by Bliss William Carman
Let this vast truth cast out all fear,
all prejudice, all hesitation.
Know that you are great --
great with divinity.
"Attainment" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"O little fairy PICKLEKIN,"
Old PETER answered with a grin,
"To hesitate would be absurd, -
Undoubtedly I choose the third."
"The Perils of Invisibility" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Sad as the last, lamenting star
He sang, and clear as morning's gold:
Unto his voice I saw unfold
The hesitant, pale nenuphar.
"Echo of Memnon" by Clark Ashton Smith
So, hesitating, there I stood
Lost in my soul's uncertain wood:
One sign I craved of ill or good,
To lead me from its solitude.
"A Reed Shaken In The Wind" by Madison Julius Cawein
Before thee lies the open sea;
Beyond it is the wished-for shore;
The route that seemeth best to thee
Select, and hesitate no more!
"Autonomy" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Hesitant on India's Currency Swap Proposal, Subbarao Says.
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals panel has heard fresh arguments on whether New York City can ban worship services in public schools, and seems hesitant to let them continue.
A New York appeals panel has heard fresh arguments on an old subject - worship services in public schools - and seems hesitant to let them continue.
Santa Monica City Council Hesitant At Expanding Pair Of Developments.
Clippers' Paul still hesitant because of thumb.
Board hesitant to back $220,000 Water Authority project.
Why small business owners are hesitant to hire.
Businesses More Optimistic, But Hesitant to Hire.
Online shoppers are hesitant to accept web cookies.
Governor hesitant to sign HB-1160.
President Obama say he prefers to use diplomacy to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but he is making it clear that he won't "hesitate to use force" when necessary to defend the US and its interests.
Mills hesitant to name Wandy opening day starter yet.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur says team not hesitant to spend picks to trade up, plus other highlights.
God Doesn't Appear Hesitant To Kill People.
Many dairy producers still hesitant about risk management.
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In science:

The parameter ωi captures one dimension of the agent’s risk aversion: how much certitude she needs to break her hesitation and move into the market.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
On the other hand, Zinn-Justin mentions this problem [3.1, p. 518], but does not hesitate to perform a transformation of the form (3.20) for a general matrix ˜f .
Bosonization of Interacting Fermions in Arbitrary Dimensions
Yet I hesitate about publishing material which can onlybe [sic ] considered a rehash of mathematics which is well known ( to at least a dozen people ).
On the genesis of symbolic dynamics as we know it
Because of the filtration shift that led to the identification of some of the classes in v2Z(2) [v1 , v2 ], we hesitate to make any complete claims about the ring structure. A complete computation of tmf ∗ (C P ∞) was made in .
Nonimmersions of RP^n implied by tmf, revisited
Concretely this represents situations where we ignore between two close random variables X0 and X1 which is the right one which is the erroneous one, and by this hesitation we work with (XB , X1−B ) where B is a Bernoulli independent variable.
Bringing errors into focus
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