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dubitation

[doo-bi-tey-shuh n, dyoo-]
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noun Archaic.
  1. doubt.

Origin of dubitation

1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French, Old French) < Latin dubitātiōn- (stem of dubitātiō), equivalent to dubitāt(us), past participle of dubitāre (dubit- doubt + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
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Examples from the Web for dubitation

Historical Examples

  • Miss Jessimina asked what had she done that I should be in dubitation as to her bona fides?

    Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.

    F. Anstey

  • In an agony of dubitation, as the day wore on, he was interrupted.

    Checkmate

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

  • This was a piece of advice which set me scratching my head in dubitation.

    A Set of Rogues

    Frank Barrett

  • His weakness he will show, yet also his strength; dubitation yet faith; he will hesitate, yet finally act.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

  • Breakfast had been taken in his own room, but afterward, with some dubitation, he had gone downstairs.

    Lewis Rand

    Mary Johnston


British Dictionary definitions for dubitation

dubitation

noun
  1. another word for doubt
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Word Origin and History for dubitation

n.

mid-15c., from Middle French dubitation (13c.), from Latin dubitationem (nominative dubitatio) "uncertainty, doubt," noun of state from past participle stem of dubitare "to waver in opinion, be uncertain, doubt, question" (related to dubius "uncertain;" see dubious).

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