Definition of "doubt" []

  • To be undecided or skeptical about: began to doubt some accepted doctrines. (verb-transitive)
  • To tend to disbelieve; distrust: doubts politicians when they make sweeping statements. (verb-transitive)
  • To regard as unlikely: I doubt that we'll arrive on time. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To suspect; fear. (verb-transitive)
  • To be undecided or skeptical. (verb-intransitive)
  • Uncertainty about the truth, fact, or existence of something (esp in the phrases in doubt, without doubt, beyond a shadow of doubt, etc) (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Lack of belief in or conviction about something (noun)
  • An unresolved difficulty, point, etc (noun)
  • The methodical device, esp in the philosophy of Descartes, of identifying certain knowledge as the residue after rejecting any proposition which might, however improbably, be false (noun)
  • Fear (noun)
  • To be inclined to disbelieve (verb)
  • To distrust or be suspicious of (verb)
  • To feel uncertainty or be undecided (verb)
  • To be inclined to believe (verb)
  • To fear (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "doubt" in a sentence
  • "Carolos Duran has already seen my sketch for one, and he says there is not a doubt -- _not a doubt_ -- that it will be considered."
  • "Doubt strikes at the root of Justice and of Love -- not the doubt that is the half-brother to Disbelief, but the doubt which wonders always and always if we believe most easily what we _want to believe_, and if our firmest conviction against such Belief is not, more than anything else, yet one more manifestation of what we desire so earnestly _to doubt_."
  • "_point device_ companions, such rackers of orthography, as to speak doubt _fine_ when _he should say doubt_, etc."