- Doubt is defined as an uncertain opinion or a lack of confidence.
- An uncertainty about whether a football team will win a game is an example of a doubt.
- A belief that you can't finish a race is an example of a doubt.
- The definition of doubt is to be unsure or to disbelieve.
- To wonder if the person you're about to marry is the right person is an example of doubt.
- Not believing that a house is haunted is an example of doubt.
- to be uncertain in opinion or belief; be undecided
- to be inclined to disbelief
- Archaic to hesitate
Origin of doubtMiddle English douten ; from Old French douter ; from Classical Latin dubitare, to waver in opinion ; from dubius, dubious; -b- reintroduced, after L, in 16th circa
- to be uncertain about; question; feel distrust of
- to be inclined to disbelieve; be skeptical of
- Archaic to be fearful or suspicious of
- a wavering of opinion or belief; lack of conviction; uncertainty
- lack of trust or confidence
- a condition of uncertainty: the outcome was in doubt
- Obs. apprehension or fear
- very likely; probably
verbdoubt·ed, doubt·ing, doubts
- To be undecided or skeptical about: began to doubt some accepted doctrines.
- To tend to disbelieve; distrust: doubts politicians when they make sweeping statements.
- To regard as unlikely: I doubt that we'll arrive on time.
- Archaic To suspect; fear.
- a. The state of being uncertain about the truth or reliability of something. See Synonyms at uncertainty.b. often doubts A feeling of uncertainty or distrust: had doubts about his ability.
- A point about which one is uncertain or skeptical: reassured me by answering my doubts.
- The condition of being unsettled or unresolved: an outcome still in doubt.
Origin of doubtMiddle English douten, from Old French douter, from Latin dubitare, to waver; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present doubts, present participle doubting, simple past and past participle doubted)
From Middle English douten, from Anglo-Norman douter, from Old French douter, from Latin dubitare. Replaced Middle English tweonien (“to doubt”) (from Old English twēonian, compare Old English twēo (“doubt, duplicity”)). The modern spelling is probably under the influence of Middle French doubter.
(countable and uncountable, plural doubts)