dubiety

noun
du·​bi·​ety | \ du̇-ˈbī-ət-ē How to pronounce dubiety (audio) also dyü- \
plural dubieties

Definition of dubiety

1 : a usually hesitant uncertainty or doubt that tends to cause vacillation
2 : a matter of doubt

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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

Examples of dubiety in a Sentence

the comfort of having a faith free from all dubiety is what attracts people to the religious sect
Recent Examples on the Web That the hosts were doomed, again, by penalties at home — 13 flags, this time — continues to foster a sense of dubiety in this staff’s ability to fix what everybody and their uncle knows has been broken for months. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs QB Steven Montez to fans: “The wheels don’t look like they’re falling off”," 26 Oct. 2019 Thankfully, any dubiety melts away with the burbling opening chords of Oh Baby, a propulsive slice of '80s synth-laden nostalgia that taps into the familiar feelings of longing and isolation that have become LCD's staple. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "LCD Soundsystem honors Bowie on stirring reunion record 'American Dream'," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of dubiety

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dubiety

Late Latin dubietas, from Latin dubius

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“Dubiety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dubiety. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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