hesitancy vs hesitation what difference

what is difference between hesitancy and hesitation

English

Alternative forms

  • hæsitancy (archaic)
  • hesitance

Etymology

hesitant +‎ -cy

Noun

hesitancy (countable and uncountable, plural hesitancies)

  1. A pausing or halting before beginning a task, often as a result of some fear or uncertainty about the outcome.
    vaccine hesitancy.


English

Alternative forms

  • hæsitation (chiefly archaic) [18th–19th C.]

Etymology

From Latin haesitātiōnem, accusative singular of haesitātiō (hesitating, stammering), from haesitō (hesitate).

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /hɛzɪˈteɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun

hesitation (countable and uncountable, plural hesitations)

  1. An act of hesitating
  2. doubt; vacillation.
  3. A faltering in speech; stammering.

Synonyms

  • (act of hesitating): cunctation, hold-up; see also Thesaurus:delay
  • (doubt, vacillation): irresolution, wavering

Related terms

  • hesitate

Translations


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