du·​bi·​ety du̇-ˈbī-ət-ē How to pronounce dubiety (audio)
 also  dyü-
plural dubieties
: a usually hesitant uncertainty or doubt that tends to cause vacillation
: 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
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Word History


Late Latin dubietas, from Latin dubius

First Known Use

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dubiety was in 1750

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“Dubiety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dubiety. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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