- A feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction: some doubt has been cast upon the authenticity of this account they had doubts that they would ever winMore example sentences
uncertainty, unsureness, indecision, hesitation, dubiousness, suspicion, confusion; queries, questions• formal dubietyindecision, hesitation, uncertainty, insecurity, unease, uneasiness, apprehension; hesitancy, vacillation, irresolutionskepticism, distrust, mistrust, doubtfulness, suspicion, cynicism, uneasiness, apprehension, wariness, chariness, leeriness; reservations, misgivings, suspicions• formal dubiety
- 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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- 1 [with object] Feel uncertain about: I doubt my ability to do the jobMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Question the truth or fact of (something): who can doubt the value of these services? [with clause]: I doubt if anyone slept that nightMore example sentences
think something unlikely, have (one's) doubts about, question, query, be dubious
- 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.
- 1.2Disbelieve (a person or their word): I have no reason to doubt himMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3 [no object] Feel uncertain, especially about one’s religious beliefs.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [with clause] • archaic Fear; be afraid of: I doubt not your contradictionsMore example sentences
- Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well opposed.
beyond (a or a shadow of a) doubt
- Allowing no uncertainty: you’ve proved it beyond doubt they knew beyond a shadow of a doubt what made them happyMore 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.
- Open to question: the outcome is no longer in doubtMore example sentences
- 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.
- Feeling uncertain about something: by the age of 14 he was in no doubt about his career aimsMore example sentences
- 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.
- Used to indicate the speaker’s firm belief that something is true even if evidence is not given or available: 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.
- Used to introduce a concession that 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.
without (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.
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- One of the experimenters in this project spoke doubtingly of the effectiveness of such efforts, saying: ‘Sometimes even with well developed and effective methods, luck runs against you.’
- His eyes slide half-shut and he doubtingly answers, ‘No.’
- She looked doubtingly at herself in the mirror.
Middle English: from Old French doute (noun), douter (verb), from Latin dubitare 'hesitate', from dubius 'doubtful' (see dubious).