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Synonyms for hesitancy
ˈhɛz ɪ tən sihes·i·tan·cy

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. hesitancynoun

    Doubt is a lack of conviction that may refer either to matters of belief or to matters of practise. As regards belief, while doubt is lack of conviction, disbelief is conviction, to the contrary; unbelief refers to a settled state of mind, generally accompanied with opposition of heart. Perplexity is active and painful; doubt may be quiescent. Perplexity presses toward a solution; doubt may be content to linger unresolved. Any improbable statement awakens incredulity. In theological usage unbelief and skepticism have a condemnatory force, as implying wilful rejection of manifest truth. As regards practical matters, uncertainty applies to the unknown or undecided; doubt implies some negative evidence. Suspense regards the future, and is eager and anxious; uncertainty may relate to any period, and be quite indifferent. Misgiving is ordinarily in regard to the outcome of something already done or decided; hesitation, indecision, and irresolution have reference to something that remains to be decided or done, and are due oftener to infirmity of will than to lack of knowledge. Distrust and suspicion apply especially to the motives, character, etc., of others, and are more decidedly adverse than doubt. Scruple relates to matters of conscience and duty.

    Synonyms:
    disbelief, distrust, doubt, doubt, hesitation, incredulity, indecision, irresolution, misgiving, perplexity, question, scruple, skepticism, suspense, suspicion, unbelief, uncertainty

    Antonyms:
    assurance, belief, certainty, confidence, conviction, decision, determination, persuasion, resolution, resolve

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hesitance, hesitancynoun

    a feeling of diffidence and indecision about doing something

    Synonyms:
    hesitation, hesitance, disinclination, indisposition, reluctance

  2. reluctance, hesitancy, hesitation, disinclination, indispositionnoun

    a certain degree of unwillingness

    "a reluctance to commit himself"; "his hesitancy revealed his basic indisposition"; "after some hesitation he agreed"

    Synonyms:
    disinclination, hesitance, hesitation, reluctance, falter, wavering, indisposition, faltering, vacillation, waver

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. hesitancynoun

    Synonyms:
    uncertainty, doubt, suspense, hesitation

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. hesitancynoun

    Synonyms:
    indecision, vacillation, uncertainty, irresolution, wavering

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "hesitancy":

    hesitation, reluctance, indecision, indecisiveness, vacillation

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How to use hesitancy in a sentence?

  1. Christina Pushaw:

    By dismissively ignoring Governor DeSantis’ efforts to protect vulnerable Floridians, Psaki is the one playing politics with the pandemic, the White House should be more concerned about the flip-flopping of the CDC, which is inadvertently promoting vaccine hesitancy with their confusing, contradictory public communications. Stating that vaccinated people should wear masks and socially distance is implying that the vaccines do not change anything, which is the wrong message for our federal government to be promoting.

  2. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP -RRB- Harry:

    Hesitancy is not an option, misinformation is not only simply harming those who believe it, but also those who don't. We must tackle each of these issues head-on : vaccine equity and misinformation. And if vaccine distribution moved half as quickly as misinformation, just imagine how many lives could be saved.

  3. Brandy Wittenborn:

    But as we rolled out the vaccine for adults, and you saw so much vaccine hesitancy, it kind of occurred to me : If we are going to reach any kind of herd immunity, it's going to have to involve the under-10 crowd... and that was really before we started seeing some of these variants that affected kids a little bit more.

  4. Oliver Watson:

    Previous studies looking at the impact of mandates on vaccine uptake are unlikely to capture the myriad of reasons why vaccine hesitancy related to Covid-19 will be very different to say childhood vaccination mandates for measles.

  5. Phil Smith:

    Factories reported hesitancy among clients at home and abroad to commit to new orders.


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