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doubt


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Doubt  \Doubt\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dou?ted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Doubting}.]  [OE.  duten  douten,  OF  duter,  doter,  douter,  F. 
  douter,  fr  L.  dubitare;  akin  to  dubius  doubtful.  See 
  {Dubious}.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  Even  in  matters  divine,  concerning  some  things  we 
  may  lawfully  doubt,  and  suspend  our  judgment. 
  --Hooker. 
 
  To  try  your  love  and  make  you  doubt  of  mine. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  suspect;  to  fear;  to  be  apprehensive.  [Obs.] 
 
  Syn:  To  waver;  vacillate;  fluctuate;  hesitate;  demur; 
  scruple;  question. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Doubt  \Doubt\,  v.  t. 
  1.  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 
 
  To  admire  superior  sense  and  doubt  their  own! 
  --Pope. 
 
  I  doubt  not  that  however  changed,  you  keep  So  much 
  of  what  is  graceful.  --Tennyson. 
 
  {To  doubt  not  but}. 
 
  I  do  not  doubt  but  I  have  been  to  blame.  --Dryden. 
 
  We  doubt  not  now  But  every  rub  is  smoothed  on  our 
  way  --Shak. 
 
  Note:  That  is  we  have  no  doubt  to  prevent  us  from  believing, 
  etc  (or  notwithstanding  all  that  may  be  said  to  the 
  contrary)  --  but  having  a  preventive  sense  after  verbs 
  of  ``doubting''  and  ``denying''  that  convey  a  notion  of 
  hindrance.  --E.  A.  Abbott. 
 
  2.  To  suspect;  to  fear;  to  be  apprehensive  of  [Obs.] 
 
  Edmond  [was  a]  good  man  and  doubted  God.  --R.  of 
  Gloucester. 
 
  I  doubt  some  foul  play.  --Shak. 
 
  That  I  of  doubted  danger  had  no  fear.  --Spenser. 
 
  3.  To  fill  with  fear;  to  affright.  [Obs.] 
 
  The  virtues  of  the  valiant  Caratach  More  doubt  me 
  than  all  Britain.  --Beau.  &  Fl 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Doubt  \Doubt\,  n.  [OE.  dute,  doute,  F.  doute,  fr  douter  to 
  doubt.  See  {Doubt},  v.  i.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  Doubt  is  the  beginning  and  the  end  of  our  efforts  to 
  know  --Sir  W. 
  Hamilton. 
 
  Doubt,  in  order  to  be  operative  in  requiring  an 
  acquittal,  is  not  the  want  of  perfect  certainty 
  (which  can  never  exist  in  any  question  of  fact)  but 
  a  defect  of  proof  preventing  a  reasonable  assurance 
  of  quilt.  --Wharton. 
 
  2.  Uncertainty  of  condition. 
 
  Thy  life  shall  hang  in  doubt  before  thee.  --Deut. 
  xxviii.  66. 
 
  3.  Suspicion;  fear;  apprehension;  dread.  [Obs.] 
 
  I  stand  in  doubt  of  you  --Gal.  iv  20. 
 
  Nor  slack  her  threatful  hand  for  danger's  doubt. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  4.  Difficulty  expressed  or  urged  for  solution;  point 
  unsettled;  objection. 
 
  To  every  doubt  your  answer  is  the  same  --Blackmore. 
 
  {No  doubt},  undoubtedly;  without  doubt. 
 
  {Out  of  doubt},  beyond  doubt.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  Syn:  Uncertainty;  hesitation;  suspense;  indecision; 
  irresolution;  distrust;  suspicion;  scruple;  perplexity; 
  ambiguity;  skepticism. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  doubt 
  n  1:  the  state  of  being  unsure  of  something  [syn:  {uncertainty}, 
  {incertitude},  {dubiety},  {doubtfulness},  {dubiousness}] 
  [ant:  {certainty}] 
  2:  uncertainty  about  the  truth  or  factuality  of  existence  of 
  something  "the  dubiousness  of  his  claim";  "there  is  no 
  question  about  the  validity  of  the  enterprise"  [syn:  {dubiousness}, 
  {doubtfulness},  {question}] 
  v  1:  consider  unlikely  or  have  doubts  about 
  2:  suspect  to  be  false;  "I  distrust  that  man"  [syn:  {suspect}, 
  {distrust}] 
  3:  lack  confidence  in  "I  doubt  these  reports" 




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