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Hesitated after getting stumped out and declared (7)

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I believe the answer is:

uttered

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'declared' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'hesitated after getting stumped out' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'getting' could be 're' (I've seen this in other clues) and 're' is found within the answer.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

'and' is the link.

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(Other definitions for uttered that I've seen before include "In law, put forged money into circulation", "Said (something)", "Spoken", "Spoke and put into circulation", "Pronounced".)

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