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dubiety

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noun du·bi·ety \du̇-ˈbī-ət-ē also dyü-\

Definition of dubiety

plural du·bi·eties

  1. 1 :  a usually hesitant uncertainty or doubt that tends to cause vacillation

  2. 2 :  a matter of doubt



Examples of dubiety

  1. <the comfort of having a faith free from all dubiety is what attracts people to the religious sect>



Origin of dubiety

Late Latin dubietas, from Latin dubius


First Known Use: 1750

Synonym Discussion of dubiety

uncertainty, doubt, dubiety, skepticism, suspicion, mistrust mean lack of sureness about someone or something. uncertainty may range from a falling short of certainty to an almost complete lack of conviction or knowledge especially about an outcome or result <assumed the role of manager without hesitation or uncertainty>. doubt suggests both uncertainty and inability to make a decision <plagued by doubts as to what to do>. dubiety stresses a wavering between conclusions <felt some dubiety about its practicality>. skepticism implies unwillingness to believe without conclusive evidence <an economic forecast greeted with skepticism>. suspicion stresses lack of faith in the truth, reality, fairness, or reliability of something or someone <regarded the stranger with suspicion>. mistrust implies a genuine doubt based upon suspicion <had a great mistrust of doctors>.

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