Definition of Doubt

1. Noun. The state of being unsure of something.

2. Verb. Consider unlikely or have doubts about. "They doubt whether there was a traffic accident"; "I doubt that she will accept his proposal of marriage"
Generic synonyms: Disbelieve, Discredit
Derivative terms: Doubter, Doubter

3. Noun. Uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something. "There is no question about the validity of the enterprise"

4. Verb. Lack confidence in or have doubts about. "She distrusts her stepmother"
Generic synonyms: Distrust, Mistrust, Suspect

Definition of Doubt

1. v. i. 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.

2. v. t. 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.

3. n. 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.

Definition of Doubt

1. Verb. To lack confidence in; to disbelieve, question, or suspect. ¹

2. Verb. (archaic) To fear; to suspect. ¹

3. Noun. Uncertainty, disbelief. ¹

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Definition of Doubt

1. to be uncertain about [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Doubt

doubly armed suture
doubly even
doubly heterozygous
doubly labeled water
doubly magic
doubly transitive verb
doubly transitive verb form
doubt (current term)
doubting Thomas

Literary usage of Doubt

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Complete Works of Gustave Flaubert: Embracing Romances, Travels by Gustave Flaubert, Ferdinand Brunetière (1904)
"No doubt there had been an entertainment there the night before. Some cigar-ashes had been allowed to remain on the pier-tables. ..."

2. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1871)
"They were speaking of Lauta and of me, beyond a doubt. ... There could be no doubt that this extraordinary alteration of purpose in the matter of the ..."

3. Sons and Lovers by David Herbert Lawrence (1922)
"I doubt, however, if without that muddled pseudo-science (muddled be- e| ... I doubt if Mr. Lawrence himself could make clear work of explaining his book. ..."

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