Doubt definition

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To regard as unlikely.

I doubt that we'll arrive on time.

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To be inclined to disbelieve; be skeptical of.
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To be undecided or skeptical.
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To be inclined to disbelief.
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To be uncertain in opinion or belief; be undecided.
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(archaic) To be fearful or suspicious of.
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A point about which one is uncertain or skeptical.

Reassured me by answering my doubts.

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(archaic) To hesitate.
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A condition of uncertainty.

The outcome was in doubt.

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A feeling of uncertainty or distrust.

Had doubts about his ability.

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Lack of trust or confidence.
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To be uncertain about; question; feel distrust of.
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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.

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Shakespeare.

I doubt some foul play.

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The state of being uncertain about the truth or reliability of something.
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Spenser.

I of doubted danger had no fear.

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(obs.) Apprehension or fear.
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A wavering of opinion or belief; lack of conviction; uncertainty.
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(intransitive) To lack confidence in; to disbelieve, question, or suspect.

He doubted that was really what you meant.

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(archaic) To fear; to suspect.
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There was some doubt as to who the child's real father was.

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(archaic) To suspect; fear.
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To be undecided or skeptical about.

Began to doubt some accepted doctrines.

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To tend to disbelieve; distrust.

Doubts politicians when they make sweeping statements.

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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.

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The condition of being unsettled or unresolved.

An outcome still in doubt.

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beyond
  • Without question; certainly; definitely.
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no doubt
  • Certainly.
  • Probably.
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beyond doubt
  • certainly
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no doubt
  • certainly
  • very likely; probably
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
doubt
Plural:
doubts

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of doubt

  • Middle English douten from Old French douter from Latin dubitāre to waver dwo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English doute, from Anglo-Norman and Old French doute, from Latin dubita. The modern spelling is probably under the influence of Middle French doubte.

    From Wiktionary