- 1a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction
- 2a feeling of fear or apprehension
Using doubt: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "doubt" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I have some doubts about his ability to do the job.
There is no doubt that she is the best candidate for the position.
He expressed doubt that the project would be completed on time.
I doubt whether he will come.
doubt Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using doubt
The outcome of the election is still in doubt.
No doubt she will be pleased to hear the news.
The report put doubt on the effectiveness of the new drug.
Phrases with doubt
The evidence proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was guilty.
The new evidence cast doubt on the suspect's alibi.
believe someone's statement, without proof, because they are generally trustworthy
I don't have any evidence to support his claim, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Origins of doubt
from Old French 'douter', from Latin 'dubitare', meaning 'to hesitate'
Summary: doubt in Brief
The term 'doubt' [daut] refers to a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction, often accompanied by fear or apprehension. It can be used to express skepticism or mistrust, as in 'I have some doubts about his ability to do the job.' Conversely, it can be used to indicate certainty, as in 'There is no doubt that she is the best candidate for the position.' 'Doubt' extends into phrases like 'give someone the benefit of the doubt,' and idioms like 'in doubt,' denoting uncertainty.