verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- doubly armed suture,
- doubting thomas,
- certainly: There is no doubt an element of truth in what you say.
Origin of doubt
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 doubt
And, in the case of fluoride, at least, that doubt might actually be justified.
He no doubt had heard by then that some of the cops had ignored his request and turned their backs.
Their confrontation at dinner was, without a doubt, the highlight of the episode.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith|Kevin Fallon|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
These men and women will no doubt cause a tug a war in time.
His decision to stick to his convictions on Thursday is no doubt positive news for them.Presidential Hopeful Rand Paul Backs Obama on Cuba Deal|Olivia Nuzzi|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The officer shook his head in token of doubt about the truthfulness of that denial, and grinned sardonically.Secret Service or Recollections of a City Detective|Andrew Forrester
The Camaldolites grew out of an Italian reform movement independent of Clugny though no doubt related to it.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church|Alexander Clarence Flick
No doubt exists with us now that the Shore Lark breeds here; we meet with them very frequently.Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)|Maria R. Audubon
I will not say what chapter he found, for, after all, I doubt if we had any real notion of what it meant.Wilfrid Cumbermede|George MacDonald
No one can doubt it who knows the situation of the two countries, still less anyone who has read the correspondence.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|James D. Richardson
Word Origin for doubt
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.)).
see beyond a doubt; cast doubt on; give the benefit of the doubt; no doubt; shadow of a doubt.