to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe.
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.
There is no doubt an element of truth in what you say.
without doubt, unquestionably; certainly.
uncertainty about the truth, fact, or existence of something (esp in the phrases in doubt, without doubt, beyond a shadow of doubt, etc)
(often pl) 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
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to be inclined to disbelieve: I doubt we are late
(transitive) to distrust or be suspicious of: he doubted their motives
(intransitive) to feel uncertainty or be undecided
(transitive; may take a clause as object) (Scot) to be inclined to believe
(transitive) (archaic) to fear
(Irish) I wouldn’t doubt someone, I would expect nothing else from someone
beyond the shadow of a doubt
. Certainly so, undoubtedly so, as in
Beyond a doubt this is the best view of the valley
. This phrase, along with the earlier
(dating from c. 1300), asserts the truth of some statement. W.S. Gilbert’s version, in
(1889), is: “Of that there is no manner of doubt—no probable, possible shadow of doubt—no possible doubt whatever.” In this context
means “a trace or slight suggestion.” Another variant is
beyond a reasonable doubt
. This phrase is often used in court when the judge instructs the jury that they must be convinced of the accused’s guilt or innocence beyond a reasonable doubt;
here means “logical and rational.” Also see
beyond a doubt
cast doubt on
give the benefit of the doubt
shadow of a doubt
- Beyond all question
a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply. a problem for discussion or under discussion; a matter for investigation. a matter of some uncertainty or difficulty; problem (usually followed by of): It was simply a question of time. a subject of dispute or controversy. a proposal to […]
- Beyond comparison
Also, without comparison or beyond compare. Too superior to be compared, unrivaled, as in This view of the mountains is beyond comparison, or That bakery is without comparison. The first term, more common today than the much older variants, was first recorded in 1871. Without comparison goes back to 1340, and without compare to 1621. […]
- Beyond measure
a unit or standard of measurement: weights and measures. a system of measurement: liquid measure. an instrument, as a graduated rod or a container of standard capacity, for measuring. the extent, dimensions, quantity, etc., of something, ascertained especially by comparison with a standard: to take the measure of a thing. the act or process of […]
- Beyond one’s depth
see: out of one’s depth