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Meaning of DOUBT

Pronunciation:  dawt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  uncertainty about the truth or factuality of existence of something; "the dubiousness of his claim"; "there is no question about the validity of the enterprise"
  2. [n]  the state of being unsure of something
  3. [v]  consider unlikely or have doubts about
  4. [v]  lack confidence in or have doubts about; "I doubt these reports"; "I suspect her true motives"; "she distrusts her stepmother"

DOUBT is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: doubtfulness, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, dubiousness, incertitude, question, uncertainty
 Antonyms: certainty
 See Also: arriere pensee, cognitive state, disbelief, disbelieve, discredit, distrust, distrust, incredulity, indecision, indecisiveness, irresolution, mental rejection, mental reservation, misgiving, mistrust, mistrust, reservation, skepticism, state of mind, suspect, suspense, suspicion, uncertainness, uncertainty



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Doubt\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dou?ted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Doubting}.] [OE. duten, douten, OF. duter, doter, douter, F.
    douter, fr. L. dubitare; akin to dubius doubtful. See
    1. 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.
             Even in matters divine, concerning some things, we
             may lawfully doubt, and suspend our judgment.
             To try your love and make you doubt of mine.
    2. To suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive. [Obs.]
    Syn: To waver; vacillate; fluctuate; hesitate; demur;
         scruple; question.
  2. \Doubt\, v. t.
    1. 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.
             To admire superior sense, and doubt their own!
             I doubt not that however changed, you keep So much
             of what is graceful.                  --Tennyson.
    {To doubt not but}.
             I do not doubt but I have been to blame. --Dryden.
             We doubt not now But every rub is smoothed on our
             way.                                  --Shak.
    Note: That is, we have no doubt to prevent us from believing,
          etc. (or notwithstanding all that may be said to the
          contrary) -- but having a preventive sense, after verbs
          of ``doubting'' and ``denying'' that convey a notion of
          hindrance. --E. A. Abbott.
    2. To suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive of. [Obs.]
             Edmond [was a] good man and doubted God. --R. of
             I doubt some foul play.               --Shak.
             That I of doubted danger had no fear. --Spenser.
    3. To fill with fear; to affright. [Obs.]
             The virtues of the valiant Caratach More doubt me
             than all Britain.                     --Beau. & Fl.
  3. \Doubt\, n. [OE. dute, doute, F. doute, fr. douter to
    doubt. See {Doubt}, v. i.]
    1. 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.
             Doubt is the beginning and the end of our efforts to
             know.                                 --Sir W.
             Doubt, in order to be operative in requiring an
             acquittal, is not the want of perfect certainty
             (which can never exist in any question of fact) but
             a defect of proof preventing a reasonable assurance
             of quilt.                             --Wharton.
    2. Uncertainty of condition.
             Thy life shall hang in doubt before thee. --Deut.
                                                   xxviii. 66.
    3. Suspicion; fear; apprehension; dread. [Obs.]
             I stand in doubt of you.              --Gal. iv. 20.
             Nor slack her threatful hand for danger's doubt.
    4. Difficulty expressed or urged for solution; point
       unsettled; objection.
             To every doubt your answer is the same. --Blackmore.
    {No doubt}, undoubtedly; without doubt.
    {Out of doubt}, beyond doubt. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    Syn: Uncertainty; hesitation; suspense; indecision;
         irresolution; distrust; suspicion; scruple; perplexity;
         ambiguity; skepticism.
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