Doubt vs Hesitate - What's the difference?
Doubt is a synonym of hesitate.
As verbs the difference between doubt and hesitate
is that doubt
is (ambitransitive) to lack confidence in; to disbelieve, question, or suspect while hesitate
is to stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination.
As a noun doubt
is uncertainty, disbelief.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
* (l) (obsolete)
- It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street.. He halted opposite the Privy Gardens, and, with his face turned skywards, listened until the sound of the Tower guns smote again on the ear and dispelled his doubts .
(ambitransitive) To lack confidence in; to disbelieve, question, or suspect.
- He doubted that was really what you meant.
- Even in matters divine, concerning some things, we may lawfully doubt
(archaic) To fear; to suspect.
* 1819 , Lord Byron, Don Juan , I.186:
- To try your love and make you doubt of mine.
(obsolete) To fear; to be apprehensive of.
* R. of Gloucester
- He fled, like Joseph, leaving it; but there, / I doubt , all likeness ends between the pair.
- Edmond [was a] good man and doubted God.
- I doubt some foul play.
(obsolete) To fill with fear; to affright.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- I of doubted danger had no fear.
- The virtues of the valiant Caratach / More doubt me than all Britain.
To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination.
- He hesitated''' whether to accept the offer or not; men often '''hesitate in forming a judgment.
To stammer; to falter in speaking.
(transitive, poetic, rare) To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner.
- (Alexander Pope)
- Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike.
* This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See