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  • 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
    • adj doubtful fraught with uncertainty or doubt "they were doubtful that the cord would hold","it was doubtful whether she would be admitted","dubious about agreeing to go"
    • adj doubtful open to doubt or suspicion "the candidate's doubtful past","he has a dubious record indeed","what one found uncertain the other found dubious or downright false","it was more than dubitable whether the friend was as influential as she thought"- Karen Horney"
    • adj doubtful unsettled in mind or opinion "drew a few tentative conclusions"
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"Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces!" "Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces!"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Doubtful Admitting of doubt; not obvious, clear, or certain; questionable; not decided; not easy to be defined, classed, or named; as, a doubtful case, hue, claim, title, species, and the like. "Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good.""Is it a great cruelty to expel from our abode the enemy of our peace, or even the doubtful friend [i. e., one as to whose sincerity there may be doubts]?"
    • Doubtful Characterized by ambiguity; dubious; as, a doubtful expression; a doubtful phrase.
    • Doubtful Fearful; apprehensive; suspicious. "I am doubtful that you have been conjunct
      And bosomed with her."
    • Doubtful Not settled in opinion; undetermined; wavering; hesitating in belief; also used, metaphorically, of the body when its action is affected by such a state of mind; as, we are doubtful of a fact, or of the propriety of a measure. "Methinks I should know you, and know this man;
      Yet I am doubtful ."
      "With doubtful feet and wavering resolution."
    • Doubtful Of uncertain issue or event. "We . . . have sustained one day in doubtful fight.""The strife between the two principles had been long, fierce, and doubtful ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • doubtful Full of doubt; having doubt; not settled in opinion.
    • doubtful Causing doubt; dubious; ambiguous; uncertain; not distinct in character, meaning, or appearance; vague: as, a doubtful expression; a doubtful hue.
    • doubtful Admitting of or subject to doubt; not obvious, clear, or certain; questionable.
    • doubtful Of uncertain issue; precarious; shifting.
    • doubtful Of questionable or suspected character.
    • doubtful Fearful; apprehensive; suspicious.
    • doubtful Indicating doubt; disturbed by doubt.
    • doubtful In prosody, variable in quantity; capable of being pronounced or measured either as a long or as a short; common; dichronous. Synonyms Uncertain, undecided. Dubious, Equivocal, etc. (see obscure, a.); problematic, enigmatical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Doubtful full of doubt: undetermined: not clear: not secure: suspicious: not confident
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  • Bill Blass
    Bill Blass
    “When in doubt, wear red.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.”
  • William Wrigley Jr.
    William Wrigley Jr.
    “A man's doubts and fears are his worst enemies.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A friend once wrote: Give me your faith, not your doubts.”


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


In literature:

I have everything ready for him, so no doubt he'll get off to-morrow.
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
No doubt the young villain is well instructed in his lesson.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
There was no doubt of her friendship; but then neither was there any doubt of his for Lady Laura.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
So it was, no doubt, with Thackeray.
"Thackeray" by Anthony Trollope
You may exercise yourself in doubting till you become the slave of doubt.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
You will get thrashed sometimes, no doubt, but don't mind that.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
I believe it will settle all your doubts, difficulties and objections.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
Durrance's voice left her in no doubt.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
There was never a doubt of the wisdom of Allan's choice from the moment of his arrival.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
She did not doubt, she would not doubt, that Crayford's coming meant his eventual acceptance of the opera.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
With all her doubts Alice never doubted her love for Mr. Grey.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
No one need doubt that the world has use for him.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Probably at that moment the Baronet's mind was still somewhat in doubt.
"Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite" by Anthony Trollope
Scipio's man was no doubt the same.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
You will find her at Swampville, no doubt, selling her cheap kisses to triflers like yourself.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Nobody doubts her right to have precedence of mamma, but it would be more becoming in her not to be always insisting on it.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Casaubon rarely doubted, although he sought to keep the doubting spirit.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
But Stella was gone forever, there was no doubt about that.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
True, she had never met the provincial type before, but she doubted if Rosewater had produced a crop of Isabel Otises.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
In spite of her father's anger and roughness she would not doubt his ultimate generosity; but Frank might doubt it.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

They gathered every evidence
That might remove a doubt:
They wrote a postcard in his name,
And partly scratched it out.
"Of The Dangers Attending Altruism On The High Seas." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
How can I doubt man's joy or woe
Where'er his house-fires shine.
Since all that man must undergo
Will visit me at mine?
"The Fires" by Rudyard Kipling
Life is just a web of doubt
Where, with iridescent gleams,
Flickers in or struggles out
Love, the golden moth of dreams.
"Quatrains" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
Having been to school
John knew the whole proposition.
As for innocent Jesus
He was one of Nature's phenomena, no doubt.
"St. John" by D H Lawrence
Yet could not any sign, though grand
As hosts of fire about,
Though lovely as a sunset-land,
Secure thy soul from doubt.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
The folk as they come in and out
Wonder at her pale joy: the while
She in the lightest fear or doubt
Turns to his smile.
"The Last Parting" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

The third season of Swamp People is underway on the History Channel, and without a doubt one of the most popular gator hunters is the Gator Queen – Liz Cavalier Choate.
More so than any other society, Americans give private enterprise the benefit of the doubt.
Doubts may have lingered even a year ago, but there's no question that the commercial center of gravity of the New York City art world has shifted from SoHo to Chelsea.
SCHOOL Trinity Christian Academy, Addison, TX ACTIVITIES Football, golf SUPERLATIVES Best Dressed FAVORITE SUBJECT Art YEARBOOK QUOTE "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your beliefs".
As you've no doubt heard, today marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens ' birth.
The fate of a new NFL stadium in downtown L.A. And the return of pro football to Los Angeles — has been called in doubt by AEG's decision to put itself up for sale.
A major militant attack on the Chechen parliament is raising doubts about Kremlin-backed Ramzan Kadyrov's boasts that he's pacified Chechnya.
The Indians are playoff bound, so for them it's about staying sharp, keeping everybody healthy, though no doubt they want a win.
It also proved, in case there was any doubt, that NBC's artists are top of their game and know how to rise superbly to a major choreographic challenge.
Doubts fan 'Flame & Citron '.
But he never left a doubt that his love for New York ran deep.
The sustainable garden with the most exclusive real estate in Washington is no doubt the one at the White House.
"I never doubted this day would come," said Anderson, adding that they planned to hold a civil-union ceremony Sunday with family before staging "a big blowout" later with friends said.
When in doubt, fall back on old successes.
Shadow of doubt covers convention.

In science:

The dustless models were marginally better, but in view of the uncertainties in the modelling, it seems doubtful that this is signi ficant.
The Planetary Nebula population of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy
The lack of PNe near the centre of Sgr may raise doubt on this, however the centre is also lacking in globular clusters.
The Planetary Nebula population of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy
However if the final density profiles have in fact to be established very early, much doubt is removed.
On Universal Halos and the Radial Orbit Instability
Since that is the main difficulty there is little doubt that the analysis that we have performed in detail for the case of the random perturbations of (1.1) carries unchanged to the last case.
A fluctuation theorem in a random environment
Whether this is physically appropriate is doubtful, however.
A Bell Inequality Analog in Quantum Measure Theory
Until cca. 1990, however, the existence of higher inhomogeneities/structures were doubtful.
On a Possible Indicator of Homogeneity of the Universe
Of course, one can have a reasonable doubt that existing information is sufficient for reliable reconstruction of the β -functions, but the results of [6, 7, 8] are certainly more reliable, than an arbitrary choice made in the ’t Hooft scheme.
On 't Hooft's representation of the \beta-function
Indeed, the classical definition of the functional integral via the perturbation theory is defective due to non-Borel-summability of the perturbative series, while the lattice definition is doubtful due to restriction of large momenta, which are responsible for renormalon contributions [9, 19].
On 't Hooft's representation of the \beta-function
However, there are reasons to doubt these predictions.
Transverse Meissner Physics of Planar Superconductors with Columnar Pins
This sheds some doubt on the possibility to find an easy common approach to all cases of not definability preserving preferential, and perhaps other, structures.
Domain closure conditions and definability preservation
Although, it has been shown that dilute antiferromagnets in uniform external field represent physical realizations of the effect of HR, experiments on such systems have proven to be very difficult and their interpretation doubtful due to slow, glassy dynamics.
Direct evidence of random field effect on magnetic ordering of La_(0.5)Gd_(0.2)Sr_(0.3)MnO_(3) manganite system
The morphology is more like a ring in the light of [N II], which is no doubt due to stratification in the nebular ionization.
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae
However we are in serious doubt if the memory usage shown by the queue system is correct.
Upgrade of the Cellular General Purpose Monte Carlo Tool FOAM to version 2.06
The technique could also help third umpires in the sports to remove an element of doubt.
Stereography using a single lens
Mehta’s doubts (, Sect. 27.1, p.490) concerning the deducibility of the local results for correlation functions of the Hilbert-Schmidt ensembles from the corresponding results for GUE by using the equivalence of ensembles.
Limit Correlation Functions for Fixed Trace Random Matrix Ensembles