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doubt

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verb \ ˈdau̇t \

Definition of doubt

transitive verb
1 archaic
a :fear
  • I doubt I have been beguiled
  • —Sir Walter Scott
b :suspect
2 :to call into question the truth of :to be uncertain or in doubt about
  • He doubts everyone's word.
3 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

doubtable

play \ˈdau̇-tə-bəl\ adjective

doubter

noun

doubtingly

play \-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of doubt in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of doubt

Middle English douten, from Anglo-French duter, douter, from Latin dubitare to be in doubt; akin to Latin dubius dubious

doubt Synonyms

Synonyms
distrust, misdoubt, mistrust, question, suspect
Antonyms
trust
Related Words
disbelieve, discount, discredit, negate
Near Antonyms
bank (on or upon), count (on or upon), depend (on or upon), rely (on or upon)

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doubt

noun

Definition of doubt

1 a :uncertainty of belief or opinion that often interferes with decision-making
b :a deliberate suspension of judgment
2 :a state of affairs giving rise to uncertainty, hesitation, or suspense
  • the outcome is still in doubt
3 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 in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of doubt from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of doubt

see 1doubt

Synonym Discussion of doubt

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


DOUBT Defined for English Language Learners

doubt

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verb

Definition of doubt for English Language Learners

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

  • : to have no confidence in (someone or something)


doubt

noun

Definition of doubt for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of being uncertain or unsure about something


DOUBT Defined for Kids

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doubt

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verb \ ˈdau̇t \

Definition of doubt for Students

doubted; doubting
1 :to be uncertain about
  • I doubt he's right.
2 :to lack confidence in
  • I doubted my own judgment.
3 :to consider unlikely
  • I doubt I can go tonight.

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doubt

noun

Definition of doubt for Students

1 :a feeling of being uncertain
  • Their predicament filled her with doubt.
2 :a reason for disbelief
  • There can be no doubt that you have a most unusual pig.
  • —E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
3 :the condition of being undecided
  • Our plans are now in doubt.
4 :a lack of trust
  • I have my doubts about this explanation.


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