- to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe.
- to distrust.
- Archaic. to fear; be apprehensive about.
- to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief.
- a feeling of uncertainty about the truth, reality, or nature of something.
- a state of affairs such as to occasion uncertainty.
- Obsolete. fear; dread.
- beyond the shadow of a doubt, with certainty; definitely.Also beyond a doubt, beyond doubt.
- in doubt, in a state of uncertainty or suspense: His appointment to the position is still in doubt.
- no doubt,
- certainly: There is no doubt an element of truth in what you say.
- without doubt, unquestionably; certainly.
Origin of doubt
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The expressions doubt but and doubt but that occur in all varieties of standard speech and writing: I don't doubt but she is sincere. There is no doubt but that the charges will affect his career. Doubt but what occurs mainly in informal speech and writing: There is no doubt but what the rainy weather will hurt the crops.
Examples from the Web for doubted
Even then, most of us doubted he would show up and actually sign the papers allowing him to enter the 1992 New Hampshire primary.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
In his remarks, Ahmad doubted that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict could ever be peaceably settled.Pro-Palestinian Group Lectured On Skirting Terror Laws
December 5, 2014
Right after my 12-year-old son died, however, I doubted I would ever read again.Book Bag: Reading Your Way Out Of Grief
October 16, 2014
At the time, I doubted his identity, but later I verified his name and photo online.Cocaine, Politicians and Wives: Inside the World’s Most Bizarre Prison
October 12, 2014
Baltimore--the town that booed him and team that doubted him--needed Palmer more than at any time in the club's history.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
That they will do so with good courage is not to be doubted.
That he was unable to do, even if it were true, which he doubted.
Giles was their “ancient” and had charge of the banner, nor could it be doubted that he had flourished.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
This fact has been doubted; but why should It be deemed incredible?
That I could elude Rima's keener eyes I doubted; but that did not trouble me.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- uncertainty about the truth, fact, or existence of something (esp in the phrases in doubt, without doubt, beyond a shadow of doubt, etc)
- (often plural) lack of belief in or conviction about somethingall his doubts about the project disappeared
- an unresolved difficulty, point, etc
- philosophy the methodical device, esp in the philosophy of Descartes, of identifying certain knowledge as the residue after rejecting any proposition which might, however improbably, be false
- obsolete fear
- give someone the benefit of the doubt to presume someone suspected of guilt to be innocent; judge leniently
- no doubt almost certainly
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to be inclined to disbelieveI doubt we are late
- (tr) to distrust or be suspicious ofhe doubted their motives
- (intr) to feel uncertainty or be undecided
- (tr; may take a clause as object) Scot to be inclined to believe
- (tr) archaic to fear
- I wouldn't doubt someone Irish I would expect nothing else from someone
Word Origin and History for doubted
early 13c., "to dread, fear," from Old French doter "doubt, be doubtful; be afraid," from Latin dubitare "to doubt, question, hesitate, waver in opinion" (related to dubius "uncertain;" see dubious), originally "to have to choose between two things."
The sense of "fear" developed in Old French and was passed on to English. Meaning "to be uncertain" is attested in English from c.1300. The -b- was restored 14c. by scribes in imitation of Latin. Replaced Old English tweogan (noun twynung), from tweon "two," on notion of "of two minds" or the choice of two implied in Latin dubitare (cf. German Zweifel "doubt," from zwei "two").
early 13c., from Old French dote (11c.) "fear, dread; doubt," from doter (see doubt (v.)).