Doubt

Doubt

, n. [OE. dute, doute, F. doute, fr. douter to doubt. See Doubt, v. i.] 1. A fluctuation of mind arising from defect of knowledge or evidence; uncertainty of judgment or mind; unsettled state of opinion concerning the reality of an event, or the truth of an assertion, etc.; hesitation.
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Doubt is the beginning and the end of our efforts to know.
Sir W. Hamilton.
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Doubt, in order to be operative in requiring an acquittal, is not the want of perfect certainty (which can never exist in any question of fact) but a defect of proof preventing a reasonable assurance of quilt.
Wharton.
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2. Uncertainty of condition.
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Thy life shall hang in doubt before thee.
Deut. xxviii. 66.
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3. Suspicion; fear; apprehension; dread. [Obs.]
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I stand in doubt of you.
Gal. iv. 20.
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Nor slack her threatful hand for danger's doubt.
Spenser.
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4. Difficulty expressed or urged for solution; point unsettled; objection.
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To every doubt your answer is the same.
Blackmore.
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No doubt, undoubtedly; without doubt. -- Out of doubt, beyond doubt. [Obs.] Spenser.

Syn. -- Uncertainty; hesitation; suspense; indecision; irresolution; distrust; suspicion; scruple; perplexity; ambiguity; skepticism.
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