Doubt

Definition of Doubt

Pronunciation: dout
v. i.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.
[imp. & p. p. Doubted; p. pr. & vb. n. Doubting.]
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.
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
We doubt not now
But every rub is smoothed on our way.
- Shak.
2.To suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive of.
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.
The virtues of the valiant Caratach
More doubt me than all Britain.
- Beau. & Fl.
n.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.
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.
- Spenser.

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