What does doubt mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. doubt, uncertainty, incertitude, dubiety, doubtfulness, dubiousnessnoun

    the state of being unsure of something

  2. doubt, dubiousness, doubtfulness, questionverb

    uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something

    "the dubiousness of his claim"; "there is no question about the validity of the enterprise"

  3. doubtverb

    consider unlikely or have doubts about

    "I doubt that she will accept his proposal of marriage"

  4. doubtverb

    lack confidence in or have doubts about

    "I doubt these reports"; "I suspect her true motives"; "she distrusts her stepmother"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Doubtnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Could any difficulty have been proposed, the resolution would have been as early as the proposal; it could not have had time to settle into doubt. Robert South, Sermons.

    Those who have examined it, are thereby got past doubt in all the doctrines they profess. John Locke.

    Hippocrates commends the flesh of the wild sow above the tame, and no doubt but the animal is more or less healthy according to the air it lives in. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    ’Tis past a doubt,
    All Bedlam or Parnassus is let out. Alexander Pope.

    Our doubts are traytors,
    And make us lose, by fearing to attempt,
    The good we oft might win. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have no assurance of thy life. Deutr. xxviii. 66.

    I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you. Gal. iv. 20.

    To every doubt your answer is the same,
    It so fell out, and so by chance it came. Richard Blackmore, Creation.

  2. To Doubtverb

    He from the terror of this arm so late
    Doubted his empire. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i. l. 113.

    To teach vain wits a science little known,
    T’ admire superior sense, and doubt their own. Alexander Pope.

    He did ordain the interdicts and prohibitions which we have to making entrance of strangers, which at that time was frequent, doubting novelties and commixture of manners. Francis Bacon.

    You that will be less fearful than discreet,
    That love the fundamental part of state,
    More than you doubt the change of it, prefer
    A noble life before a long. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

  3. To DOUBTverb

    Etymology: doubter, French; dubito, Latin.

    Even in matters divine, concerning some things, we may lawfully doubt and suspend our judgment, inclining neither to one side or other; as, namely, touching the time of the fall both of man and angels. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 7.

    Let no man, while he lives here in the world, doubt whether there is any hell or no, and thereupon live so, as if absolutely there were none. Robert South, Sermons.

    I doubt not to make it appear to be a monstrous folly to deride these things. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Can we conclude upon Luther’s instability, because in a single notion, no way fundamental, an enemy writes that he had some doubtings? Francis Atterbury.

    Doubting things go ill, often hurt more
    Than to be sure they do. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Solyman said he had hitherto made war against divers nations, and always had the victory, whereof he doubted not now also. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    Have I not manag’d my contrivance well,
    To try your love, and make you doubt of mine? Dryden.

    I doubt there’s deep resentment in his mind,
    For the late flight his honour suffer’d there. Thomas Otway, Orph.

    If there were no fault in the title, I doubt there are too many in the body of the work. Thomas Baker, on Learning.

    This is enough for a project, without any name; I doubt more than will be reduced into practice. Jonathan Swift.

    The king did all his courage bend
    Against those four which now before him were,
    Doubting not who behind him doth attend. Samuel Daniel, C. War.

    At first the tender blades of grass appear,
    And buds that yet the blast of Eurus fear,
    Stand at the door of life, and doubt to clothe the year. Dry.


  1. Doubt

    Doubt is a mental state in which the mind remains suspended between two or more contradictory propositions, unable to be certain of any of them. Doubt on an emotional level is indecision between belief and disbelief. It may involve uncertainty, distrust or lack of conviction on certain facts, actions, motives, or decisions. Doubt can result in delaying or rejecting relevant action out of concern for mistakes or missed opportunities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Doubtverb

    to waver in opinion or judgment; to be in uncertainty as to belief respecting anything; to hesitate in belief; to be undecided as to the truth of the negative or the affirmative proposition; to b e undetermined

  2. Doubtverb

    to suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive

  3. Doubtverb

    to question or hold questionable; to withhold assent to; to hesitate to believe, or to be inclined not to believe; to withhold confidence from; to distrust; as, I have heard the story, but I doubt the truth of it

  4. Doubtverb

    to suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive of

  5. Doubtverb

    to fill with fear; to affright

  6. Doubtverb

    a fluctuation of mind arising from defect of knowledge or evidence; uncertainty of judgment or mind; unsettled state of opinion concerning the reality of an event, or the truth of an assertion, etc.; hesitation

  7. Doubtverb

    uncertainty of condition

  8. Doubtverb

    suspicion; fear; apprehension; dread

  9. Doubtverb

    difficulty expressed or urged for solution; point unsettled; objection


  1. Doubt

    Doubt, a status between belief and disbelief, involves uncertainty or distrust or lack of sureness of an alleged fact, an action, a motive, or a decision. Doubt brings into question some notion of a perceived "reality", and may involve delaying or rejecting relevant action out of concerns for mistakes or faults or appropriateness. Some definitions of doubt emphasize the state in which the mind remains suspended between two contradictory propositions and unable to assent to either of them. The concept of doubt covers a range of phenomena: one can characterise both deliberate questioning of uncertainties and an emotional state of indecision as "doubt".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Doubt

    dowt, v.i. to waver in opinion: to be uncertain: to hesitate: to suspect: to believe with fear or hesitation: (Scot.) to think, even without the sense of hesitation.—v.t. to hold in doubt: to distrust.—p.adj. Doubt′ed (Spens.), questioned: feared, redoubted. [O. Fr. douter—L. dubitāre, akin to dubius, doubtful, moving in two (duo) directions.]

  2. Doubt

    dowt, n. uncertainty of mind: suspicion: fear: a thing doubted or questioned.—adj. Doubt′able.—n. Doub′ter.—adj. Doubt′ful, full of doubt: undetermined: not clear: not secure: suspicious: not confident.—adv. Doubt′fully.—n. Doubt′fulness.—p.adj. Doubt′ing, that doubts, undecided.—advs. Doubt′ingly; Doubt′less, without doubt: certainly; Doubt′lessly.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'doubt' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1623

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    Rank popularity for the word 'doubt' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1859

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'doubt' in Nouns Frequency: #566

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'doubt' in Verbs Frequency: #556

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of doubt in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of doubt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of doubt in a Sentence

  1. Rhode Island:

    If I would have known then what I know now, I would have shut down sooner, there's no doubt about Rhode Island.

  2. Dmitry Peskov:

    This could alter the balance of power in Europe, and without doubt it would demand that Russia take necessary counter measures to restore the strategic balance and parity.

  3. Renato Mariotti:

    I don't have any doubt she is going to give him a significant sentence.

  4. Susan Hough:

    I don't think that there is much doubt that there will eventually be damage to the pier and beam structures. There should be damage to the brick facades should it continue, and, of course, damage to the sheet rock and damage to the house, you are continuously waiting for the other shoe to drop. You're concerned that there is going to be another one.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    Here's one thing I will say is that I feel a great urgency to get as much done as possible. And there's no doubt that after over 6 1/2 years on this job, I probably have an easier time juggling a lot of different issues.

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    • A. nitrile
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