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[doo-bahy-i-tee, dyoo-]
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noun, plural du·bi·e·ties.
  1. doubtfulness; doubt.
  2. a matter of doubt.
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Origin of dubiety

1740–50; < Latin dubietās, equivalent to dubi(us) dubious + -etās, variant of -itās after vocalic stems; see -ity
Also called dubiosity.


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Historical Examples

  • Graham fell in with the scheme without a murmur of dubiety or dissent.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Then, meandering through this wilderness of dubiety, ran thoughts of Oliver.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • He knew that Brand was not likely to leave them in any dubiety as to the past.

  • On the other hand, there is no dubiety about the origin of the Vedic Agni.

    Indian Myth and Legend

    Donald Alexander Mackenzie

  • Her own son, even, passed his boyhood in much the same state of dubiety.

    The Copperhead

    Harold Frederic

British Dictionary definitions for dubiety


dubiosity (ˌdjuːbɪˈɒsɪtɪ)

noun plural -ties
  1. the state of being doubtful
  2. a doubtful matter
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Word Origin

C18: from Late Latin dubietās, from Latin dubius dubious
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Word Origin and History for dubiety


c.1750, from Late Latin dubietas "doubt, uncertainty," from dubius (see dubious).

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