Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun hesitation

3 senses of hesitation

Sense 1
hesitation, vacillation, wavering -- (indecision in speech or action)
       => indecision, indecisiveness, irresolution -- (doubt concerning two or more possible alternatives or courses of action; "his indecision was only momentary but the opportunity was lost")

Sense 2
reluctance, hesitancy, hesitation, disinclination, indisposition -- (a certain degree of unwillingness; "a reluctance to commit himself"; "his hesitancy revealed his basic indisposition"; "after some hesitation he agreed")
       => unwillingness, involuntariness -- (the trait of being unwilling; "his unwillingness to cooperate vetoed every proposal I made"; "in spite of our warnings he plowed ahead with the involuntariness of an automaton")

Sense 3
hesitation, waver, falter, faltering -- (the act of pausing uncertainly; "there was a hesitation in his speech")
       => pause -- (temporary inactivity)

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