Definition of doubt in English:
- Each relationship, until now, had doubt, anxiety, uncertainty, as their qualities.
- He said he would question the validity of parts of that opinion and would bring fresh evidence which cast doubt on the conviction.
- I expressed enthusiasm, and he, as usual, expressed some doubt and uncertainty.
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- I have never doubted her ability to make a positive contribution to this community.
- She said she doubted its ability to run the service, and asked the Executive to start negotiations with other operators.
- It was hoped that the weight of celestial opinion would undermine his authority and cause him to doubt his own decision-making ability.
- The awful truth is that I doubt the relaxation of the licensing laws will make much difference; in fact, if they slow down these binges, the new hours might even help.
- It is your right to doubt the validity and truth of this site.
- In fact, he doubted her creditability, until she pulled out a map she had bought from one of the merchants in Sernual.
- So, when he says that he is resigning for personal reasons, I see no reason to doubt him.
- With a £750m share buyback and 7% dividend hike to underpin his faith in the strategy, they will have few reasons for doubting him.
- I have no reason to doubt him in the general sense.
- I became angry with myself for my blind belief in the Bus, and my reluctance to doubt before that minute.
- But I have seen friends who once believed without doubting, and without testing those beliefs, slowly become more rational.
- In order to doubt or wonder about the provenance of his beliefs an agent must know what belief is.
- 1beyond doubt
- Allowing no uncertainty: you’ve proved it beyond doubtMore example sentences
- That Britain is a multi ethnic and multi faith country is clearly beyond doubt and is reflected in the Census statistics.
- Which is, of course, the point at which you know beyond doubt you've bought something seriously great.
- We don't know which species, but the evidence shows beyond doubt that it is not species specific.
- 2in doubt
- Open to question: the outcome is no longer in doubtMore example sentences
doubtful, uncertain, open to question, unsure, unconfirmed, unknown, unsettled, undecided, moot, unresolved, debatable, open to debate, in the balance, pending, in limbo, in no man's land, up in the air, confused, problematic, ambiguousinformal iffy
- Now the fairness of the pools questionnaire is in doubt before it has left the printers.
- An American would ask: if you were going to leave in doubt the question of who's better, why did you play the game?
- Throughout her career, her commitment was never in doubt and her courage beyond question.
- 2.1Feeling uncertain about something: by the age of 14 he was in no doubt about his career aimsMore example sentences
irresolute, hesitant, tentative, vacillating, dithering, wavering, teetering, fluctuating, faltering, ambivalent, divided;doubtful, unsure, uncertain, in two minds, shilly-shallying, undecided, indefinite, unresolved, undetermined;in a quandary/dilemmainformal sitting on the fence
- She said anyone in doubt should consult a GP who had the charts showing height and weight and what are the healthy limits.
- Anyone in doubt about the sensitivity of land matters needs only to look across our southern border.
- The events of the past are not in doubt; but the events of the future we can only guess.
- 3no doubt
- Used to indicate the speaker’s firm belief that something is true: those who left were attracted, no doubt, by higher payMore example sentences
- The margin of error that must be accepted for these rough guesses is no doubt a substantial one.
- If the company had any claim to the plant, the position would no doubt be very different.
- Every piece of it in the hands of certain journalists could, no doubt, lead the news.
- 3.1Used to introduce a concession which is subsequently dismissed as unimportant or irrelevant: they no doubt did what they could to help her, but their best proved insufficientMore example sentences
- Many will no doubt disagree with me but imagine yourself in the following position.
- He will no doubt gain composure with more experience but he allowed him to smother his shot.
- She was guilty, no doubt, but as this immensely moving film makes clear, she was also heartbreakingly human.
- 4without (a) doubt
- Indisputably: he was without doubt the very worst kind of reporterMore example sentences
- His appointment was without doubt a defining moment in the history of the Daily Telegraph.
- But without doubt a certain amount of grazing is important for breeding waders.
- He is the best clay court player in the world, without a doubt, but it is the doubts that may scupper him.
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- The existence of a cover-up is not doubted by anyone in particular, you understand, it's just ontologically a doubtable concept.
- Layers of confusion build and opinions that once were entirely convincing become doubtable and strange.
- Jethro Tull fans are some of the most virulent, trivia-obsessed blowhards this side of a Magic convention, and their argumentative nature and fierce defense of Jethro Tull's doubtable importance are nearly comical.
Middle English: from Old French doute (noun), douter (verb), from Latin dubitare 'hesitate', from dubius 'doubtful' (see dubious).
In English doubt goes back to Latin dubitare ‘to hesitate, waver’, from dubium ‘doubt’ (from which dubious (mid 16th century) also derives). The immediate sources were French forms in which the -b- had been lost, and people never pronounced the b- in doubt—it was a learned spelling to show that the writer knew the original Latin word. The first doubting Thomas to refuse to believe something without proof was the apostle Thomas. In the biblical account Thomas refused to believe that Christ was risen again until he could see and touch the wounds inflicted during the Crucifixion.
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