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"

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

Freebase

  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

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

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Numerology

  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. Deutsche Bank:

    The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers has just lowered its growth forecast for vehicle sales this year sharply from 7 percent to 3 percent, which will no doubt have a dampening effect on gasoline demand.

  2. Richard Levick:

    The President is casting doubt on the integrity of voting, something we have done for nearly 250 years, so we have this crisis, into this void have stepped up hundreds and hundreds of companies, who have said :' We want to do Civic Alliance in order to protect our democracy.'.

  3. Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania:

    I wish people would look at just how warped our society has become, we videotape pain and suffering, then we share it and we view it over and over. And I don’t doubt this story will be dead in two days and everybody [ will ] move on to something else and you still have a victim of a crime.

  4. President Juan Manuel Santos:

    Without a doubt, without room for any doubt, we have found, 307 years after it sank, the San Jose galleon.

  5. Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba:

    We have got to make some changes without a doubt.

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