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I was a little confused by the meaning of the adverb in here:

And yet he hesitated before taking his first step toward his destiny.

I expected still instead of yet in that sentence. Does it have the same meaning here?

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Still and yet have several meanings, but both can be used in your example to convey the same thought. Consider LDOCE definition for yet as a conjunction:

used to introduce a fact, situation, or quality that is surprising after what you have just said

and LDOCE definition 2 for still:

in spite of what has just been said or done

So I would understand the given example like this: based on something you previously told us about him we would expect him to take his first step toward his destiny without hesitation, but to our surprise, he hesitated (for some reason).

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    These are similar thoughts, but I wouldn't call them "the same." There's a slight difference, and I don't think they're quite interchangeable.
    – J.R.
    Commented Apr 19, 2015 at 19:51
  • {Be that as it may/yet/still}, I doubt that many readers these days would catch the subtle distinction. Alas, entropy. Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 6:29
  • @Brian HItchcook Too subtle for me, I'm afraid. I've tried but I can't grasp it. Can you please help?
    – Lucky
    Commented Apr 21, 2015 at 7:18
  • I was just responding to J.R. , trying to imply (with my curly braces) that I think "yet" and "still" are, for all practical purposes, in most cases, interchangeable. Commented Apr 22, 2015 at 7:11
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And yet he hesitated before taking his first step toward his destiny.

Here, and yet means nevertheless.

Edit:

Sorry, I just noticed your question, "expected still instead of yet in that sentence. Does it have the same meaning here?"

Not exactly. "Still" suggests a bit of a contradiction with what came before.

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