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DOUBT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does doubt mean? 

DOUBT (noun)
  The noun DOUBT has 2 senses:

1. the state of being unsure of something
2. uncertainty about the truth or factuality of existence of something

  Familiarity information: DOUBT used as a noun is rare.


DOUBT (verb)
  The verb DOUBT has 2 senses:

1. consider unlikely or have doubts about
2. lack confidence in or have doubts about

  Familiarity information: DOUBT used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DOUBT (noun)


Sense 1doubt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being unsure of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

incertitude; dubiousness; dubiety; doubtfulness; doubt; uncertainty

Hypernyms ("doubt" is a kind of...):

cognitive state; state of mind (the state of a person's cognitive processes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "doubt"):

arriere pensee; mental reservation; reservation (an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedly)

distrust; misgiving; mistrust; suspicion (doubt about someone's honesty)

disbelief; incredulity; mental rejection; skepticism (doubt about the truth of something)

indecision; indecisiveness; irresolution (doubt concerning two or more possible alternatives or courses of action)

peradventure (doubt or uncertainty as to whether something is the case)

suspense (an uncertain cognitive state)


Sense 2doubt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Uncertainty about the truth or factuality of existence of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

doubt; doubtfulness; dubiousness; question

Context examples:

the dubiousness of his claim / there is no question about the validity of the enterprise

Hypernyms ("doubt" is a kind of...):

precariousness; uncertainness; uncertainty (being unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance)


DOUBT (verb)


Sense 1doubt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Consider unlikely or have doubts about

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

I doubt that she will accept his proposal of marriage

Hypernyms (to "doubt" is one way to...):

disbelieve; discredit (reject as false; refuse to accept)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence examples:

They doubt that there was a traffic accident
They doubt whether there was a traffic accident


Sense 2doubt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lack confidence in or have doubts about

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context examples:

I doubt these reports / I suspect her true motives / she distrusts her stepmother

Hypernyms (to "doubt" is one way to...):

distrust; mistrust; suspect (regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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