dubiety

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

Definition of dubiety

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

Examples of dubiety in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of dubiety

Late Latin dubietas, from Latin dubius

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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