HÉSITATION
s. f.
Incertitude dans l'énonciation. Réciter sans hésitation, sans la moindre hésitation. Parler, répondre avec hésitation. Ses fréquentes hésitations fatiguaient l'auditoire.   Il se dit aussi Du doute, de l'indécision qu'une personne manifeste par ses mouvements, par sa conduite, etc. Mouvement d'hésitation. Longue hésitation. Ses perpétuelles hésitations rendirent sa bonne foi suspecte.

L'Academie francaise. 1835.

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