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[doo-bi-tey-shuh n, dyoo-] /ˌdu bɪˈteɪ ʃən, ˌdyu-/
noun, Archaic.
Origin of dubitation
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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  • Miss Jessimina asked what had she done that I should be in dubitation as to her bona fides?

  • 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
  • All my dubitation and distress were gone, for I had something to do, although what I could not yet tell.

British Dictionary definitions for dubitation


another word for doubt
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Word Origin and History for dubitation

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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