Synonyms of 'doubt'
uncertainty about the truth, facts, or existence of somethingThey were troubled and full of doubt.
The magazine ignores all the uncertainties students currently face.
hesitation, , ,
After some hesitation, he answered her question.
She had some misgivings about what she was about to do.
a writer who holds the suspense throughout her tale
After months of indecision, they gave the go-ahead on Monday.
lack of confidence,
hesitancy, , ,
A trace of hesitancy showed in Dr Stockton's eyes.
lack of conviction, ,
uncertainty about the truth, facts, or existence of somethingWhere there is doubt, may we bring faith.
Our culture harbours deep suspicions of big-time industry.
The report has inevitably been greeted with scepticism.
an atmosphere of distrust
His fear might be groundless.
This talk betrays a certain cynicism about free trade.
She looked at him in disbelief.
It reflects real anger and apprehension about the future.
mistrust, , , ,
There was mutual mistrust between the two men.
The announcement has been met with incredulity.
lack of faith,
an unresolved difficulty or pointThere is some doubt whether it will be any more effective.
The main difficulty has been getting enough students to try out the scheme.
the economic problems of the inner city
Omissions in my recent article may have caused some confusion.
the ambiguities of language
The anonymous letter creates a quandary for the judge.
My chief perplexity was how to interpret the words.
They doubted whether that could happen.
Stop doubting and start loving.
Some military commanders wavered over whether to support the coup.
She hesitated, debating whether to answer the phone.
She is vacillating over whether or not to marry him.
Body temperatures can fluctuate when you are ill.
dither mainly British), ,
We're still dithering over whether to go away on holiday next week.
The needle indicating volume was oscillating wildly.
chop and change,
blow hot and cold (informal),
I blew hot and cold as I weighed up the pros and cons.
keep changing your mind,
be irresolute or indecisive,
to distrust or be suspicious ofI have no reason to doubt his word.
There is no reason to disbelieve his account of the events.
It never occurs to them to question the doctor's decisions.
You don't really think he suspects you, do you?
He disputed the allegations.
I don't have any reason to distrust them.
I mistrust all journalists.
cast doubt on,
have doubts about,
lack confidence in,
have misgivings about,
See in doubt
See no doubt
In affirmative sentences, whether was in the past the only word considered acceptable for linking the verb doubt to a following clause, for example I doubt whether he will come. Nowadays, doubt if and doubt that are both considered acceptable alternatives to doubt whether. In negative sentences, use that after doubt, for example I don't doubt that he is telling the truth. The old-fashioned form not doubt but that, as in I do not doubt but that he is telling the truth, is now rarely used and sounds very stiff and formal.
There lives more faith in honest doubt,
Believe me, than in half the creeds – In Memoriam A.H.H.]I show you doubt, to prove that faith exists – Balaustion's Adventure]If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties – The Advancement of Learning]Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt – Apologia pro Vita Sua]Our doubts are traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt – Measure for Measure]Doubt of the reality of love ends by making us doubt everything – Journal]
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in the sense of ambiguity
the possibility of interpreting an expression in more than one waythe ambiguities of language
in the sense of apprehension
anxiety or dreadIt reflects real anger and apprehension about the future.
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