Hesitantly



[hez-i-tuh nt] /ˈhɛz ɪ tənt/

adjective
1.
; undecided, doubtful, or disinclined.
2.
lacking readiness of speech.
/ˈhɛzɪtənt/
adjective
1.
wavering, hesitating, or irresolute
adj.

1640s, probably a back-formation from hesitancy, or else from Latin haesitantem. Related: Hesitantly.

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