verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- certainly: There is no doubt an element of truth in what you say.
Origin of doubt
Synonyms for 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 doubter
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of doubter
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
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.