reticent vs hesitant : Common Errors in English

About reticent vs hesitant

“Reticent” most often means “reluctant to speak.” It can also mean"reserved,” “restrained,” though conservatives prefer to use it to apply only to speech. If you’re feeling nervous about doingsomething, you’re hesitant: “I’m hesitant about trying to ride aunicycle in public.” “Hesitant” is by far the more common word; so if you hesitateto choose between the two, go with “hesitant."

reticent Meaning(s)

  • (s) temperamentally disinclined to talk
  • (s) cool and formal in manner
  • (s) reluctant to draw attention to yourself

hesitant Meaning(s)

  • (s) lacking decisiveness of character; unable to act or decide quickly or firmly

reticent in News

  • Dunkin' Donuts: Workers who endured racist rant will be 'honored'

    How to reward two Dunkin' Donuts employees who calmly endured a racist rant from a belligerent and foul-mouthed customer? The doughnut chain says it will honor the workers at a company event in Florida, but would say no more. Online supporters are less reticent; they argue the two should receive a monetary reward and are raising money for the two.The issue arose after video of the incident at a ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

hesitant in News

  1. Detwiler ready for 'big step' in series finale

    Ross Detwiler feels like he has fully recovered from an oblique strain, but he's hesitant to say the nagging injury is completely behind him.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Washington Nationals

  2. NPSD to evaluate technology needs

    By JENNIFER LAWSON LANSDALE - Brett Baker, North Penn School District's e-learning coach, described a breakthrough he witnessed in a classroom as a result of new technology. The student, a second-grader, was hesitant to use an iPad application that records and plays back the user's voice. "This student was very apprehensive about reading into the iPad and had a ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Reporter

  3. IMF thinks Morocco is too hesitant over reforms, Prime Minister says

    RABAT (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund has told Morocco it is too hesitant in implementing reforms to improve its public finances, Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane said, but he pledged to move ahead with planned subsidy cuts and other measures. An IMF delegation is in Morocco, scrutinising the North African county's finances to see if it is still meeting the criteria of a two-year ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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