noun du·bi·ety \d-ˈbī-ət-ē also dyü-\
plural du·bi·eties

Definition of DUBIETY

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


Next Word in the Dictionary: dubiosityPrevious Word in the Dictionary: DubheAll Words Near: dubiety
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears