hesitant hesitant  /ˈhɛ zɪ tənt/


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

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  1. The fact that stock prices are in the main hesitant is impressing Wall Street, as well as other communities who realize their record as a business barometer.
  2. After decades of conflict, thousands of sons murdered and a long-standing drought of hope in the disputed region, India and Pakistan are starting a hesitant peace process.
  3. Hindus have been hesitant about dunking their heads in the Ganges for a purification ritual.


  1. NPSD to evaluate technology needs

    By JENNIFER LAWSON jlawson@thereporteronline.com 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

  2. NBC/WSJ poll: Americans oppose intervention in Syria

    The most recent NBC News/Wall Street contained plenty of revealing numbers -- on President Obama, the health-care law, immigration, even affirmative action. But lost in those numbers and headlines is a noteworthy finding: The American public is extremely hesitant to intervene dir …
    on June 12, 2013     Source: MSNBC: First Read

  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


  1. Sen. Barack Obama said last week that he was "hesitant to make the Olympics a site of political protest."
    on Apr 9, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Baltimore Sun

  2. Conyers said: "It is unfortunate that Mr. Rove has failed to cooperate with our requests. Although he does not seem the least bit hesitant to discuss these very issues weekly on cable television and in the print news media, Mr. Rove and his attorney...
    on May 22, 2008 By: John Conyers Source: Reuters

  3. "I've got to find ways to get better looks throughout the game, and then when I do just be assertive and be aggressive and don't be hesitant when I get the ball," Gasol said.
    on Jun 13, 2010 By: Pau Gasol Source: The Associated Press

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