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doubt

Definitions

  • Time-worn palaces, and the darkly doubtful water at their base
    Time-worn palaces, and the darkly doubtful water at their base
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v doubt consider unlikely or have doubts about "I doubt that she will accept his proposal of marriage"
    • v doubt lack confidence in or have doubts about "I doubt these reports","I suspect her true motives","she distrusts her stepmother"
    • n doubt 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"
    • n doubt the state of being unsure of something
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces!" "Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces!"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Doubt 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.""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."
    • Doubt Difficulty expressed or urged for solution; point unsettled; objection. "To every doubt your answer is the same."
    • Doubt Suspicion; fear; apprehension; dread. "I stand in doubt of you.""Nor slack her threatful hand for danger's doubt ."
    • Doubt To fill with fear; to affright. "The virtues of the valiant Caratach
      More doubt me than all Britain."
    • Doubt 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!""I doubt not that however changed, you keep
      So much of what is graceful."
    • Doubt To suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive of. "Edmond [was a] good man and doubted God.""I doubt some foul play.""That I of doubted danger had no fear."
    • Doubt To suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive.
    • Doubt 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.""To try your love and make you doubt of mine."
    • Doubt Uncertainty of condition. "Thy life shall hang in doubt before thee."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • doubt To be uncertain as to a truth or fact; be undetermined or undecided; waver or fluctuate in opinion; hesitate.
    • doubt To be in fear; be afraid.
    • doubt To be uncertain as to the truth or fact of; hold in question; question; hesitate to believe: as, to doubt the truth of a story.
    • doubt To be expectant or apprehensive of; believe hesitatingly or indefinitely.
    • doubt To distrust; be uncertain with regard to; be distrustful of: as, to doubt one's ability to execute a task.
    • doubt To fear; be afraid of.
    • doubt To cause to fear; put in fear; appal; daunt.
    • n doubt Uncertainty with regard to the truth of a given proposition or assertion; suspense of judgment arising from defect of evidence or of inclination; an unsettled state of opinion; indecision of belief.
    • n doubt A matter of uncertainty; an undecided case or proposition; a ground of hesitation.
    • n doubt A difficulty suggested or proposed for solution; an objection.
    • n doubt Difficulty; danger.
    • n doubt Hesitating apprehension; fear; dread.
    • n doubt Synonyms Indecision, irresolution, suspense, hesitation, hesitancy, misgiving, distrust, mistrust.
    • n doubt A redoubt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Doubt dowt to waver in opinion: to be uncertain: to hesitate: to suspect: to believe with fear or hesitation:
    • v.t Doubt to hold in doubt: to distrust
    • n Doubt dowt uncertainty of mind: suspicion: fear: a thing doubted or questioned
    • v.i Doubt dowt (Scot.) to think, even without the sense of hesitation
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Quotations

  • Anne Baxter
    Anne Baxter
    “In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.”
  • Philip James Bailey
    Philip James Bailey
    “Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is -- it is her shadow.”
  • Hosea Ballou
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    “Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “Neither in this world nor elsewhere is there any happiness in store for him who always doubts.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
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    “Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.”

Idioms

Beyond a shadow of a doubt - If something's beyond a shadow of a doubt, then absolutely no doubts remain about it.
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Cast doubt on - If you make other people not sure about a matter, then you have cast doubt on it.
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Doubting Thomas - A Doubting Thomas is someone who only believes what they see themselves, not what they are told.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. duten, douten, OF. duter, doter, douter, F. douter, fr. L. dubitare,; akin to dubius, doubtful. See Dubious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. douter—L. dubitāre, akin to dubius, doubtful, moving in two (duo) directions.

Usage

In literature:

Returning thence A doubt arose within me.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
Had that been all, she might have doubted, but her doubt would have been strongly mingled with the sweetness of hope.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
No doubt he will serve my purpose.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Not that they feared the future, or doubted a welcome.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
There was no doubt, or room for doubt, in the matter.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
Of his absolute good faith and utter unconsciousness I, who doubt most things, can not doubt.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
The band had gone out unnoticed; to refresh themselves, no doubt.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
I have no doubt we shall see the Levitts to-morrow.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Earnestness is no doubt a good thing, but too much of it is a misfortune rather than an advantage.
"A Girl of the Commune" by George Alfred Henty
God help me, is all that I can say, and though I must doubt myself, let me never, never doubt Him.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
To all this the answer is doubtful, and the doubt appals him.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
But he must hang on, no doubt of that.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
It was a fact as to which there had never been a doubt since she was turned fifteen.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
But there was still another "voyageur," an old acquaintance, whom you, boy reader, will no doubt remember.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
This was a doubtful point, though not very doubtful.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
I have never had a momentary approach to doubt or discontent where you have been mediating for me.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
The pastoral I a little doubt finding audience for; but I am not at all sure yet that my doubt is well founded.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
That's no doubt why they credited me with vices I didn't possess.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
No doubt he was bald; no doubt he was pre-occupied with Parliament and the county.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Spontaneity of action had long since ceased within his fettered mind, where doubt had laid its detaining hand upon his judgment.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
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In poetry:

"Kiss me, my lover;
Doubting is over,
Over is waiting;
Love lights our mating!"
"Wedding Day" by Edith Nesbit
Wisest and kindest,
If you were but near
I could speak of my lover,
My doubt and my fear,
"Lost Counsel" by Margaret Widdemer
And never yet was one
Who on this earth has trod,
But for one instant told his heart
He doubted even God!
"One Moment of Doubt" by Charles Hanson Towne
Oh new man,
Sole human,
God's son, and our brother,
Give each to the other—
No one left out
In cold doubt!
"A Song Prayer" by George MacDonald
Hast thou not wisdom to enwrap
My waywardness about,
In doubting safety on the lap
Of Love that knows no doubt?
"Within and Without: Part IV: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
O Everlasting Love,
Wellspring of grace and peace,
Pour down Thy fulness from above,
Bid doubt and trouble cease.
"O Everlasting Light" by Horatius Bonar

In news:

The email in which I received this picture is titled Companionship and there is no doubt that this is what true companionship looks like.
Obama's Week to Cap the Doubts about Competence .
Given the restrictions, he doubted how long that would last, citing a comment made to him by an Israeli soldier who confiscated his water tank.
Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Tom Osborne stood before the university's board of regents, and if there was a shred of doubt among the board, there couldn't have been when the two men finished.
Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid removed any doubt Monday about who will be coaching the team the rest of the season…if he has anything to say about the matter.
Doubts and bad feelings can be the byproducts of renegotiating after a sudden resignation.
The "Occupy" movement has been in hibernation, no doubt sitting out the winter instead of sitting in tents in the cold.
No doubt, they like being respected and being liked.
Although there's no doubt our Irish Cream Cake is perfect for St Patrick's Day, here in our Test Kitchen, we think the luck of the Irish should be enjoyed all the time.
Doubts Creep In GOP Stronghold In Va. Support this Station.
No doubt many Eudorans recognized one of their own on the Nov 9 telecast of the Country Music Association Awards.
Baby elephants playing on beaches result in the cutest ever vacation videos… doubt we'll see this in Cozumel, though.
New tech has always been met with doubt, criticism but in the end, real-world application prevails, says Davison.
The G was no doubt referring to the Czech Republic, headed by Vaclav Klaus, a colorful right-wing economist who has likened environmentalism to communism.
The first presidential debate is leaving no doubt that wind energy's production tax credit would wither under a Romney administration.
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In science:

This supports our doubts about the usefulness of the LUBOEI procedure in understanding the experimental results (although certainly it is the most practical description of data).
Modelling Bose-Einstein effect from asymmetric sources in Monte Carlo generators
Now, doubts can be raised when we make an integration (figure 5) in the ”deformed” way, before any limit.
It is the ambiguity. (But only three generations)
We want to complete such calculations by computing the one–loop four–point function in a pure noncommutative U (N ) Yang–Mills theory in 4D, for which some doubts have been raised.
Renormalization of noncommutative U(N) gauge theories
There is no doubt that interesting puzzles remain and our detailed understanding is incomplete, but the basic model is firmly established.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
However, some more analytical or numerical work is needed to identify without any doubt the exponents for the phase transition at α = e.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
But, under a mean field approximation, the Ising model exhibits phase transition at T = TC = ηJ/kB, where η is the coordination number of the lattice. 10 This raised a serious doubt whether the statistical mechanics machinery can at all describe the phenomenon of phase transition.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
The second is when we encounter a genuine false; here again there is no doubt of the correctness of the result.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
However, validity of perturbative QCD leaves us little doubt about the u/d-quark helicity conservation and the smallness of the strong phase in B 0 → D∗+ρ− .
Final-state interaction and s-quark helicity conservation in B -> J/psi K*
CTIO) and showed beyond reasonable doubt that the relation exists.
Einstein's Biggest Blunder? High-Redshift Supernovae and the Accelerating Universe
We thus have no doubts on the validity of the second law there.
Stationary flows in quantum dissipative closed circuits as a challenge to thermodynamics
Since these corrections reflect quantum properties of the spacetime itself, one might doubt relevance of the notion of coordinate system in the classical sense outlined above.
General Covariance in Quantum Gravity
However, the picture of the bandwidth control has been doubted by some experimental results.
Anomaly in Spin Excitation Spectrum of Double-Exchange Systems with Randomness
We have no doubt that the lower bound can be derived too, but this would require some further refinements.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
Therefore their validity does not raise any doubts.
Generalized uncertainty relations in a quantum theory and thermodynamics from the uniform point of view
Eq.(68) doubtful and, furthermore, spoil normalization.
Pion Structure at High and Low Energies in Chiral Quark Models
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