Definitions for: Doubt


[n] uncertainty about the truth or factuality of existence of something; "the dubiousness of his claim"; "there is no question about the validity of the enterprise"
[n] the state of being unsure of something
[v] consider unlikely or have doubts about
[v] lack confidence in or have doubts about; "I doubt these reports"; "I suspect her true motives"; "she distrusts her stepmother"



Webster (1913) Definition: Doubt, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dou?ted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Doubting.] [OE. duten, douten, OF. duter, doter, douter, F.
douter, fr. L. dubitare; akin to dubius doubtful. See
Dubious.]
1. To waver in opinion or judgment; to be in uncertainty as
to belief respecting anything; to hesitate in belief; to
be undecided as to the truth of the negative or the
affirmative proposition; to b e undetermined.

Even in matters divine, concerning some things, we
may lawfully doubt, and suspend our judgment.
--Hooker.

To try your love and make you doubt of mine.
--Dryden.

2. To suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive. [Obs.]

Syn: To waver; vacillate; fluctuate; hesitate; demur;
scruple; question.


Doubt, v. t.
1. To question or hold questionable; to withhold assent to;
to hesitate to believe, or to be inclined not to believe;
to withhold confidence from; to distrust; as, I have heard
the story, but I doubt the truth of it.

To admire superior sense, and doubt their own!
--Pope.

I doubt not that however changed, you keep So much
of what is graceful. --Tennyson.

To doubt not but.

I do not doubt but I have been to blame. --Dryden.

We doubt not now But every rub is smoothed on our
way. --Shak.

Note: That is, we have no doubt to prevent us from believing,
etc. (or notwithstanding all that may be said to the
contrary) -- but having a preventive sense, after verbs
of ``doubting'' and ``denying'' that convey a notion of
hindrance. --E. A. Abbott.

2. To suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive of. [Obs.]

Edmond [was a] good man and doubted God. --R. of
Gloucester.

I doubt some foul play. --Shak.

That I of doubted danger had no fear. --Spenser.

3. To fill with fear; to affright. [Obs.]

The virtues of the valiant Caratach More doubt me
than all Britain. --Beau. & Fl.


Doubt, n. [OE. dute, doute, F. doute, fr. douter to
doubt. See Doubt, v. i.]
1. A fluctuation of mind arising from defect of knowledge or
evidence; uncertainty of judgment or mind; unsettled state
of opinion concerning the reality of an event, or the
truth of an assertion, etc.; hesitation.

Doubt is the beginning and the end of our efforts to
know. --Sir W.
Hamilton.

Doubt, in order to be operative in requiring an
acquittal, is not the want of perfect certainty
(which can never exist in any question of fact) but
a defect of proof preventing a reasonable assurance
of quilt. --Wharton.

2. Uncertainty of condition.

Thy life shall hang in doubt before thee. --Deut.
xxviii. 66.

3. Suspicion; fear; apprehension; dread. [Obs.]

I stand in doubt of you. --Gal. iv. 20.

Nor slack her threatful hand for danger's doubt.
--Spenser.

4. Difficulty expressed or urged for solution; point
unsettled; objection.

To every doubt your answer is the same. --Blackmore.

No doubt, undoubtedly; without doubt.

Out of doubt, beyond doubt. [Obs.] --Spenser.

Syn: Uncertainty; hesitation; suspense; indecision;
irresolution; distrust; suspicion; scruple; perplexity;
ambiguity; skepticism.

Synonyms: doubtfulness, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, dubiousness, incertitude, question, uncertainty

Antonyms: certainty

See Also: arriere pensee, cognitive state, disbelief, disbelieve, discredit, distrust, distrust, incredulity, indecision, indecisiveness, irresolution, mental rejection, mental reservation, misgiving, mistrust, mistrust, reservation, skepticism, state of mind, suspect, suspense, suspicion, uncertainness, uncertainty

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