how to pronounce hesitation


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the above transcription of hesitation is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

hesitation is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of hesitation in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… pauses and hesitation I'm going to have …”

meanings of hesitation


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

hesitation frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word hesitation occurs in english on average 6.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics hesitation can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that hesitation can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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