verb \ˈdat\

: to be uncertain about (something) : to believe that (something) may not be true or is unlikely

: to have no confidence in (someone or something)

Full Definition of DOUBT

transitive verb
a :  fear
b :  suspect
:  to be in doubt about <he doubts everyone's word>
a :  to lack confidence in :  distrust <find myself doubting him even when I know that he is honest — H. L. Mencken>
b :  to consider unlikely <I doubt if I can go>
intransitive verb
:  to be uncertain
doubt·able \ˈda-tə-bəl\ adjective
doubt·er noun
doubt·ing·ly \-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of DOUBT

  1. I have always doubted the existence of life on other planets.
  2. No one doubts that the mission will be a success.
  3. I seriously doubt my parents will let me go.
  4. Do you think you can come tonight? I doubt it.
  5. She doubted his ability to succeed.
  6. He said he could do it, but I couldn't help doubting him.

Origin of DOUBT

Middle English douten, from Anglo-French duter, douter, from Latin dubitare to be in doubt; akin to Latin dubius dubious
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to DOUBT



: a feeling of being uncertain or unsure about something

Full Definition of DOUBT

a :  uncertainty of belief or opinion that often interferes with decision-making
b :  a deliberate suspension of judgment
:  a state of affairs giving rise to uncertainty, hesitation, or suspense <the outcome is still in doubt>
a :  a lack of confidence :  distrust <has doubts about his abilities>
b :  an inclination not to believe or accept <a claim met with doubt>
no doubt

Examples of DOUBT

  1. I still have moments of doubt.
  2. There can be little doubt that smoking is bad for your health.
  3. I had a nagging doubt in the back of my mind.

First Known Use of DOUBT

13th century


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