hesitancy hesitancy  /ˈhɛ zɪ tən si/


  1. (n) a feeling of diffidence and indecision about doing something
  2. (n) a certain degree of unwillingness


  1. But Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, betrayed none of Petraeus' hesitancy when he spoke of the stakes in Iraq.
  2. In response to that hesitancy, Bush tried to get unconditional immunity for the companies from Congress.


  1. Massachusetts’ Unspecial Senate Election

    Democrat Ed Markey’s victory over Republican Gabriel Gomez in this week’s special election in Massachusetts may well have been inevitable, considering the state’s strong Democratic bent, the decision by national Democratic strategists to do anything and everything that they needed to do to keep the seat, and the hesitancy shown by national Republican and conservative groups to support Gomez’s ...
    on June 28, 2013     Source: The Rothenberg Political Report

  2. Mal-Employment High Among College Grads

    Anika Michel is spending her first summer as a college graduate interning, not working. Come September, the Binghamton University grad will be gainfully employed in Spain, teaching English to high school students outside of Madrid. "There was definitely a hesitancy in the amount of job opportunities that would be available to me," said Michel. A recent study by Northeastern University says 36 ...
    on June 28, 2013     Source: FOX 40 Binghamton


  1. "I looked upon him as my personal friend. And I had no hesitancy about granting the pardon because I felt that we had this relationship and I didn't want to see my real friend have the stigma," Ford, who died on Tuesday at age 93, told...
    on Dec 29, 2006 By: Gerald Ford Source: ABC News

  2. "If he was up for any other circuit, there would be no hesitancy," said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. "This man ought to be judged on the basis of his own record and his own qualifications."
    on Oct 24, 2007 By: Arlen Specter Source: TIME

  3. "I don't see any hesitancy about addressing it," Ifill says. "But I do think we are all searching for the language."
    on Jul 21, 2008 By: Gwen Ifill Source: Washington Post

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