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Meaning of DOUBTFUL

Pronunciation:  'dawtful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  fraught with uncertainty or doubt; "they were doubtful that the cord would hold"; "it was doubtful whether she would be admitted"; "dubious about agreeing to go"
  2. [adj]  open to doubt or suspicion; "the candidate's doubtful past"; "he has a dubious record indeed"; "what one found uncertain the other found dubious or downright false"; "it was more than dubitable whether the friend was as influential as she thought"- Karen Horney
  3. [adj]  unsettled in mind or opinion; "drew a few tentative conclusions"

DOUBTFUL is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dubious, dubitable, in question(p), incertain, questionable, tentative, uncertain, unsettled, unsure



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Doubt"ful\, a.
1. Not settled in opinion; undetermined; wavering; hesitating
   in belief; also used, metaphorically, of the body when its
   action is affected by such a state of mind; as, we are
   doubtful of a fact, or of the propriety of a measure.

         Methinks I should know you, and know this man; Yet I
         am doubtful.                          --Shak.

         With doubtful feet and wavering resolution.

2. Admitting of doubt; not obvious, clear, or certain;
   questionable; not decided; not easy to be defined,
   classed, or named; as, a doubtful case, hue, claim, title,
   species, and the like.

         Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good. --Shak.

         Is it a great cruelty to expel from our abode the
         enemy of our peace, or even the doubtful friend [i.
         e., one as to whose sincerity there may be doubts]?

3. Characterized by ambiguity; dubious; as, a doubtful
   expression; a doubtful phrase.

4. Of uncertain issue or event.

         We . . . have sustained one day in doubtful fight.

         The strife between the two principles had been long,
         fierce, and doubtful.                 --Macaulay.

5. Fearful; apprehensive; suspicious. [Obs.]

         I am doubtful that you have been conjunct And
         bosomed with her.                     --Shak.

Syn: Wavering; vacillating; hesitating; undetermined;
     distrustful; dubious; uncertain; equivocal; ambiguous;
     problematical; questionable.

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