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.
For only with that knowledge would they have had enough information to make an informed—and, no doubt, sophisticated—decision.
The Irrefutable Moral Case Against Goldman Tunku Varadarajan April 18, 2010
But I doubt it will have a lasting influence on Polish politics.
The Future of Poland Marcin Krol April 16, 2010
“There’s an adrenaline rush in being in war zones, and there’s no doubt Lara thrived on it,” says CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager.
The Price Lara Logan Paid Howard Kurtz February 19, 2011
When I’m invited to speak at a conference, I doubt that I’m qualified.
Is There a Gender Divide in Startups? Leah Culver August 30, 2010
No doubt, liberal Israelis like Manekin favor a two-state deal, but fear a hollow process for the sake of process.
John Kerry Asks American Jews To Support Peace Efforts Ali Gharib June 3, 2013
No doubt; still I should be better pleased if they were back home.
The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Emile Zola
The man who has just saved his life can no doubt obtain any favour.
Philothea Lydia Maria Child
Then, observing his stupefaction and the return of doubt to his mind, she hurried on.
Louisiana Lou William West Winter
I can’t remember when I haven’t awakened to doubt, and worry, and heart-sickness.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
I liked him, and, no doubt seeing it, he came and came again every evening.
The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
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
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.)).
beyond a doubt
cast doubt on
give the benefit of the doubt
shadow of a doubt
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 […]
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 […]
the sum or amount of money or its equivalent for which anything is bought, sold, or offered for sale. a sum offered for the capture of a person alive or dead: The authorities put a price on his head. the sum of money, or other consideration, for which a person’s support, consent, etc., may be […]
a stake or picket, as of a fence. an enclosing or confining barrier; enclosure. an enclosed area. limits; bounds: outside the pale of his jurisdiction. a district or region within designated bounds. (initial capital letter). Also called English Pale, Irish Pale. a district in eastern Ireland included in the Angevin Empire of King Henry II […]