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[doo-bahy-i-tee, dyoo-] /duˈbaɪ ɪ ti, dyu-/
noun, plural dubieties.
doubtfulness; doubt.
a matter of doubt.
Also called dubiosity.
Origin of dubiety
1740-50; < Latin dubietās, equivalent to dubi(us) dubious + -etās, variant of -itās after vocalic stems; see -ity
1. skepticism, mistrust, distrust, suspicion. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dubiety
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  • Graham fell in with the scheme without a murmur of dubiety or dissent.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Then, meandering through this wilderness of dubiety, ran thoughts of Oliver.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • He knew that Brand was not likely to leave them in any dubiety as to the past.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • On the other hand, there is no dubiety about the origin of the Vedic Agni.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • Her own son, even, passed his boyhood in much the same state of dubiety.

    The Copperhead Harold Frederic
  • It was important to stand well with him and leave room for no dubiety.

    The Great Mogul

    Louis Tracy
  • Richardson said that “a state of dubiety and suspense is ever accompanied with uneasiness.”

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • Adrienne's shrug was eloquent of the dubiety of such an enterprise.

    Jane Allen: Right Guard Edith Bancroft
  • There came to her neither word nor expression to remove the girl's dubiety.

    The Judge

    Rebecca West
  • Advena, bookish and unconventional, was regarded with dubiety.

    The Imperialist (a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan
British Dictionary definitions for dubiety


noun (pl) -ties
the state of being doubtful
a doubtful matter
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin dubietās, from Latin dubiusdubious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dubiety

c.1750, from Late Latin dubietas "doubt, uncertainty," from dubius (see dubious).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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