indubitable

adjective

in·​du·​bi·​ta·​ble (ˌ)in-ˈdü-bə-tə-bəl How to pronounce indubitable (audio)
-ˈdyü-
: too evident to be doubted : unquestionable
indubitability noun
indubitableness noun
indubitably adverb

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There's no reason to question the fairly straightforward etymology of indubitable—a word that has remained true to its Latin roots. It arrived in Middle English in the 15th century from Latin indubitabilis, itself a combination of "in-" ("not") and "dubitabilis" ("open to doubt or question"). "Dubitabilis" is from the verb dubitare, meaning "to doubt," which also gave us our "doubt." The word dubitable also exists in English, and of course means "questionable or doubtable," but it is fairly rare.

Examples of indubitable in a Sentence

the indubitable fact that there are no more woolly mammoths or saber-toothed tigers around
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English indubitabyll, from Latin indubitabilis, from in- + dubitabilis dubitable

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indubitable was in the 15th century

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“Indubitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indubitable. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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indubitable

adjective
in·​du·​bi·​ta·​ble (ˈ)in-ˈd(y)ü-bət-ə-bəl How to pronounce indubitable (audio)
: impossible to doubt : beyond question
indubitably adverb

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