Definition of doubtful
1 : giving rise to doubt : open to question <it is doubtful that they ever knew what happened>
2 a : lacking a definite opinion, conviction, or determination <they were doubtful about the advantages of the new system> b : uncertain in outcome : undecided <the outcome of the election remains doubtful>
3 : marked by qualities that raise doubts about worth, honesty, or validity <of doubtful repute>
doubtfullyplay \-fə-lē\ adverb
Examples of doubtful in a sentence
I tried to reassure them, but they remained doubtful.
The truth of the statements was doubtful.
Their decisions were based on data of doubtful accuracy.
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Synonym Discussion of doubtful
DOUBTFUL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of doubtful for English Language Learners
: uncertain or unsure about something
: not likely to be true : not probable
: likely to be bad : not worthy of trust
DOUBTFUL Defined for Kids
Definition of doubtful for Students
1 : undecided or unsure about something <I'm doubtful we'll make it on time.> <Minli was a little doubtful about riding the dragon. — Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon>
2 : not likely to be true <a doubtful claim>
3 : not likely to be good <doubtful quality>
4 : not certain in outcome <a doubtful future>
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