[hez-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌhɛz ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of ; a delay due to uncertainty of mind or fear:
His hesitation cost him the championship.
a state of doubt or uncertainty.
a halting or faltering in speech.
c.1400, from Old French hesitacion or directly from Latin haesitationem (nominative haesitatio) “a hesitation, stammering,” figuratively “irresolution, uncertainty,” from haesitare “stick fast, remain fixed; stammer in speech,” figuratively “hesitate, be irresolute, be at a loss, be undecided,” frequentative of haerere “stick, cling,” from PIE *ghais-e (cf. Lithuanian gaistu “to delay, tarry”), from root *ghais- “to adhere; hesitate.”
noun 1. a waltz based on the frequent use of a step that consists of a pause and glide.
[hez-i-tey-tiv] /ˈhɛz ɪˌteɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. characterized by hesitation; . adj. 1795, from hesitate + -ive. Related: Hesitatively.
[hes-per] /ˈhɛs pər/ noun 1. .
[hes-puh-ree] /ˈhɛs pəˌri/ noun, Classical Mythology. 1. one of the Hesperides.