to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe: The police have good reason to doubt his alibi.
to distrust; regard with suspicion: I doubted the salesman, so we decided to check with other dealers.
Archaic. to fear; be apprehensive about.
to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief: The priest told me that it was normal to doubt, but encouraged me to nurture my faith.
a feeling of uncertainty about the truth, reality, or nature of something: We all had our doubts about your mysterious Canadian girlfriend since no one has ever seen her in person.
distrust or suspicion: Voters naturally held some doubt about the abrupt change in policy direction issued by city hall.
a general feeling of uncertainty, worry, or concern: As soon as I'd dropped out of school to become a full-time musician, I was full of doubt—what if I’d made a terrible mistake?Set your doubts aside, and listen to my business idea with an open mind.
a state of affairs such as to occasion uncertainty.
Obsolete. fear; dread.
Idioms about doubt
beyond a / 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.
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.
- doubt·a·ble, adjective
- doubt·a·bly, adverb
- doubt·er, noun
- doubt·ing·ly, adverb
- doubt·ing·ness, noun
- non·doubt·a·ble, adjective
- non·doubt·er, noun
- non·doubt·ing, adjective
- non·doubt·ing·ly, adverb
- o·ver·doubt, verb (used with object)
- pre·doubt, noun, verb
- pre·doubt·er, noun
- un·doubt·a·ble, adjective
- un·doubt·ing, adjective
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How to use doubt in a sentence
But for me, this admittance of uncertainty and doubts grounds Serial in reality.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End | Emily Shire | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His deficiencies and self-doubts, amid his epochal mission of liberation, are precisely what make him interesting.
He would rather endorse someone with genuine doubts than someone with disingenuous beliefs.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism | Regina Lizik | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He is honest about his religious doubts, but he is committed to learning more about God.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism | Regina Lizik | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Don Terry, a senior writer at the Southern Poverty Law Center, doubts it.The Klan’s Call to Violence in Ferguson Blows the Lid Off Its Hypocritical Rebrand | Caitlin Dickson | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His accumulating doubts hitherto unexpressed, almost unacknowledged even, were now confirmed.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
But such a thing as happened this morning must breed doubts and suspicions in a woman who has had the experience I have had.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
If any one doubts it let him compare the matrimonial opportunities of the ugly maternal girl and the ugly clever girl.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
However, madame, I count upon it that you will be able to dispel such doubts as I am fostering.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Doubts have been expressed as to the success of co-operation because of the tightness of the Mahajan's hold on the ryots.Third class in Indian railways | Mahatma Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for doubt
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 something: all 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
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 disbelieve: I doubt we are late
(tr) to distrust or be suspicious of: he 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
- doubtable, adjective
- doubtably, adverb
- doubter, noun
- doubtingly, adverb
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Other Idioms and Phrases with doubt
see beyond a doubt; cast doubt on; give the benefit of the doubt; no doubt; shadow of a doubt.
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