- 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 doubter
Boehner, Congressmen Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan "are all calling around to ask for support on the deal," observes a doubter.The GOP's Tax Deal Jitters
December 14, 2010
A doubter disappeared one day from the cloister, and no one ever knew what became of him.Legends of the Rhine
It ought to be published together with a prcis of the doubter's answers, which were verbal.Allan's Wife
H. Rider Haggard
But I'm a doubter, and a mocker, and a failure, and Phillida knows it.The Faith Doctor
A tube and a hole in the floor, may be; its well done, though, said the doubter.
Again, the Church is justified in cautioning the doubter not to be proud of his doubt as a doubt.The Arena
- 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 doubter
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.)).
Idioms and Phrases with doubter
see beyond a doubt; cast doubt on; give the benefit of the doubt; no doubt; shadow of a doubt.