hesitation vs vacillation what difference

what is difference between hesitation and vacillation

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



English

Etymology

From Latin vacillatio “swaying”.

Compare oscillation

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /væsɪˈleɪʃən/

Noun

vacillation (countable and uncountable, plural vacillations)

  1. Indecision in speech or action.
  2. Changing location by moving back and forth.

Synonyms

  • (indecision): hesitation, wavering
  • (motion): swing, swinging

Translations

See also

  • vacillate

Anagrams

  • cavillation

French

Pronunciation

Noun

vacillation f (plural vacillations)

  1. vacillation

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