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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.

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

    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

    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"

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

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  1. hesitancynoun

    uncertainty, doubt, suspense, hesitation

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. hesitancynoun

    indecision, vacillation, uncertainty, irresolution, wavering

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  1. List of paraphrases for "hesitancy":

    hesitation, reluctance, indecision, indecisiveness, vacillation

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  1. Orlando A. Battista:

    The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're alive.

  2. Deepti Gurdasani:

    I think the most successful vaccine programs require an understanding of vaccine hesitancy that's distinct from anti-vax sentiment, dealing with vaccine hesitancy requires community engagement to actually understand the reasons and address them rather than dismissing people as either ignorant or selfish.

  3. 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.

  4. Evan Anderson:

    I think there is certainly a lot of hope that we will see a bit of uptake among our children 5 to 11 years of age if and when a vaccine becomes available, but I do think that, similar to what we're seeing in adolescents and adults, there will be some hesitancy that will be a major issue to potentially how impactful such a vaccine approval might be.

  5. Moncef Slaoui:

    We are very concerned by the hesitancy that we see.

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