Meaning of DOUBT in English

DOUBT

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

be filled with horror/fear/anger/doubt/remorse

Their faces were suddenly filled with fear.

cast aside your inhibitions/doubts etc

Cast aside your fears.

confirm your fears/doubts/suspicions etc

This just confirms my worst fears.

doubt the existence of sth (= not believe that something exists )

Some people doubt the existence of life at the very bottom of the ocean.

doubting Thomas

express doubts/reservations (= say or show that you are not sure whether something is true or right )

Environmentalists began to express doubts about the benefits of biofuels.

grave doubts

I have grave doubts about his ability.

lingering doubts/suspicions etc

Any lingering hopes of winning the title soon disappeared.

nagging feeling/doubt/suspicion etc

There was still a nagging doubt in the back of her mind.

not a shred of doubt (= no doubt at all )

There’s not a shred of doubt in my mind that we will win.

question/doubt the wisdom of (doing) sth

Local people are questioning the wisdom of spending so much money on a new road.

raises doubts

The way the research was carried out raises doubts about the results.

room for doubt/debate/argument etc

The evidence was clear, and there was little room for doubt.

sow doubt/confusion/dissatisfaction etc

an attempt to sow doubt among the jury members

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

grave

But there is grave doubt among environmentalists as to whether the Government will fulfil its promises according to schedule.

I had grave doubts about where he might take it.

There must, too, be the gravest doubts about a system which excludes those who prefer not to join a union.

In my talk with Alec he himself expressed grave doubts whether he wished to take it on.

The gravest doubt which has assailed historians about Charlemagne's moral and educational programme is whether it had much effect.

I have grave doubts about that.

Simply as a proposition this is open to grave doubt .

little

When there are more than one stand-off per side, there is little doubt as to which way round the spars are fitted.

There is little doubt that these people are at the heart of the restaurant's achievements.

These days, there is little doubt that creatures possess a mind structure.

There would seem to have been little doubt , however, in Mr Justice Lindley's mind.

There was little doubt among those concerned that through education youth could be made to exhibit the appropriate values.

But there can be little doubt that such change is not going to happen overnight.

There is little doubt that these are proper, necessary and central focuses for educational policy and practice.

There can be little doubt that Hoccleve is describing his own experience.

reasonable

If theft is not proved beyond reasonable doubt , they should consider handling.

They had to feel, beyond a reasonable doubt , that Bill had killed Sandy.

But they are not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt so they decide, quite properly, to acquit of robbery.

It means only that prosecutors failed to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt , he said.

Civilised society generally only convicts where a man is guilty beyond reasonable doubt .

Once the issue is validly raised, the prosecution has the burden of disproving it beyond reasonable doubt .

For example, one can prove beyond a reasonable degree of doubt that a conservation project reduces the rate of soil removal.

In many cases, it will be hard for the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he is lying.

serious

The awful thing was that, as I said it, I began to have serious doubts about it.

In cases of serious doubt , there are a variety of techniques for assessing employees' reactions.

To close one magazine is unlucky; but to close two casts serious doubts on your capabilities as a publisher.

Even among some Taft supporters, however, there were serious doubts that the controversial senator could win the presidency.

Robert would have to hit him with something a bit more serious than doubts .

For these reasons, the Conservatives are a little more responsive to widespread expressions of serious doubt on their own backbenches.

At this point I began to have serious doubts about this man's hold on reality.

But the true history of Opren raises serious doubts about this picture of events.

■ VERB

cast

Again there is a considerable literature on the use of aims and objectives in curriculum planning that casts doubts on its efficacy.

I just had to cast doubt on his assertions.

It casts more doubt on Wallace's conviction in 1981 of the killing of his friend, antique dealer Jonathan Lewis.

What they have found tends only to cast more doubt on an already shaky government probe.

Tim White casts doubts on Kalb's ability to discharge his undertakings to care for the material he had collected.

Mr Portillo cast doubt over the tax policy as soon as he returned to the shadow cabinet this year.

Journalists and diplomatic sources, however, cast doubt on the government's version.

These conclusions have led revisionists to cast doubt on three of the assumptions underlying the liberal interpretation.

express

Occasionally a customer will express doubts about the selling of such specimens when they should, perhaps be displayed in museums.

The comedian expressed doubts about his ability to perform without a live audience, but agreed to do it.

People like Ybreska were too afraid to have a commitment, even to openly express doubts .

But we expressed our doubts regarding La Strada.

Indeed, it was a question about which, at p. 311B, Roskill L.J. expressed doubts .

Critics have expressed doubts about the draughtsmanship of both artists.

However, some analysts have expressed doubts about management continuity.

Rumours that no scientist expressed doubts about the potential problems are falsehoods perpetrated by officials with a vested interest.

leave

The head is broadly thick-set with a mouth which leaves no doubts as to the diet.

The statistics leave no doubt that the triumph of capital has lead to more and more unequal distribution of income and wealth.

Given my own predicament, I was left in no doubt that Cooper and Murphy had also been fitted up.

If you do not do so, you may be left in some doubt as to when a constructive dismissal occurs.

They left me in no doubt that spiritually they had evolved much beyond their young ages.

Nevertheless, the world of classical scholarship was left in no doubt about one thing.

Years of experience have left him with nagging doubts about the seemingly perfect customers.

prove

If this could be proved beyond doubt , direct drilling would fit in well with the organic philosophy.

The believer is not required to establish his belief, but the skeptic is required to prove his doubt .

If theft is not proved beyond reasonable doubt , they should consider handling.

Geological evidence proves beyond doubt that it is three million years old.

In court their guilt had been proved beyond doubt , so why hadn't they confessed?

His accomplishments prove , beyond a doubt , the efficacy of full self-expression.

This means a case does not have to be proved beyond all reasonable doubt .

In many cases, it will be hard for the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he is lying.

raise

A few astronomers have raised doubts about this extrapolation from ordinary galaxies to all extragalactic objects.

But the $ 100 million miss raises new doubts about when that will be.

Only a few Marxists raise fundamental doubt about Therborn's assumption above that in liberal democracy the exploiting minority rules through elections.

I raised some of these doubts with Einar one night during semaphore practice.

Research has also raised doubts about the role of imitation in children's learning of language.

Our job, after all, is merely to raise a doubt .

So instead of providing reassurance, it raises doubts in customers' minds.

This raises doubts about some of the signposts the Fed used to rely on.

seem

There seems to be little doubt , however, that the development of the form imbricata is determined genetically.

There seems no doubt ever in your minds that the Emperor is more powerful than you are, or Hari Seldon wiser.

There seems little doubt about who is being foolishly insulting.

There seems little doubt that the richest clubs went on evading the maximum wage regulation.

There seems little doubt that such feeling existed, especially in the 1340s and 1350s.

Nobody seemed to have any doubt that Pencader would trounce his rivals on his debut at Newbury last month.

Worse still are cases in which only the jurist seems to be in doubt as to what kind of disposition is involved.

There seems little doubt that, by the next century, it will be the international language in every field.

throw

In the sickroom or with Diniz, Nicholas never threw doubt on the arrival of Katelina's dream fleet.

Recent judicial decisions have thrown doubt upon this point, as indicated in the following hypothetical discussion.

Wallis further throws doubt on Gusfield's claim that he had in fact identified a status group.

The absence of Hebrew graffiti at Abu Simbel is perhaps not sufficient to throw doubt upon Aristeas.

The devolution programme of Wahid's administration may also be thrown into doubt .

The market people passed comments on his wife and, he said, threw doubt on his ability to better her.

The crisis will throw further doubt on the Government's drive to cut waiting lists.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

be open to question/doubt

The authenticity of the relics is open to doubt.

Their motives are open to question.

But whether Republicans want to cooperate is open to question.

Even if, as is open to question, screen violence really does invite emulation, that is the wrong approach.

In particular, the significance of the small number who say their work has been deskilled is open to question.

It also is open to question how well equipped courts are to make this kind of determination-about the workings of economic markets.

The entire business of basing regulations on animal tests is open to question.

The President acceded to the Chancellor's request for two reasons, both of which were open to question.

Whether the yeast could ever be as abundant as this is open to question.

Whether this kind of Labour Party is capable of winning a general election is open to doubt.

beyond (a) reasonable doubt

Civilised society generally only convicts where a man is guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

Finally, although it is not proved beyond reasonable doubt, most experts agree that dry foods are beneficial to the teeth.

If theft is not proved beyond reasonable doubt, they should consider handling.

If we knew that, I think we'd be beyond reasonable doubt.

In many cases, it will be hard for the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he is lying.

It means only that prosecutors failed to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, he said.

Once the issue is validly raised, the prosecution has the burden of disproving it beyond reasonable doubt.

They had to feel, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Bill had killed Sandy.

cast doubt(s) on sth

A foot abscess had cast doubts on the colt's participation in the Epsom Classic on Wednesday week.

Both studies cast doubt on individuals' awareness of tax changes and therefore suggest a low labour response.

But this very silence casts doubt on Mancini's central point that the council actually voted down the king's expressed wishes.

Journalists and diplomatic sources, however, cast doubt on the government's version.

Some are oversensitive, which leads to annoyance and casts doubt on readings which might not be inaccurate.

That, the authors conclude, casts doubt on the refuge hypothesis.

This casts doubt on the suggestion that Asclepiodatus was also responsible for the shorter prologue of Lex Salica.

To cast doubt on the importance of production is thus to bring into questIon the foundation of the entire edifice.

element of surprise/truth/risk/doubt etc

I like the element of risk.

If Weaver had been watching as Liz Spalding had been smuggled into the house, then the element of surprise was lost.

It contains a major element of truth, even if it is not precisely the truth which its originators intended.

The element of risk gave it an added excitement.

There is an element of truth in all of these.

There were elements of truth in this critique, Jim supposed.

Web browsers, once limited to displaying text and graphics and downloading files, have created an entirely new element of risk.

What I do is count on the element of surprise.

give sb the benefit of the doubt

She claimed she wasn't trying to commit suicide, and doctors gave her the benefit of the doubt.

Something didn't seem quite right, but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.

niggling doubt/worry/suspicion etc

Almost immediately, the fretting, niggling worries and the sense of fearful anticipation began to return.

Always, in the background, in the dim recesses of her mind, there had been that niggling doubt.

And here a niggling doubt enters the mind.

Nor did it remove the niggling suspicion that Isabel was hiding something.

Of course, this is usually so, but I am having little niggling doubts about such a sweeping statement.

There remains the niggling doubt that this delay has something to do with our muddled sentimentality towards animals.

There was, however, a niggling doubt in the minds of some of the jurors.

not the slightest chance/doubt/difference etc

But whether the parent with the yellow flowers supplies the egg or the pollen makes not the slightest difference.

I tried closing my eyes; it made not the slightest difference.

There was now not the slightest doubt that Hsu was decaying and losing her structural integrity.

plant an idea/doubt/suspicion (in sb's mind)

Their conversation had planted doubts in Dennis' mind about the partnership.

throw doubt on sth

In the sickroom or with Diniz, Nicholas never threw doubt on the arrival of Katelina's dream fleet.

The market people passed comments on his wife and, he said, threw doubt on his ability to better her.

Wallis further throws doubt on Gusfield's claim that he had in fact identified a status group.

What they have to say throws doubt on previous inferences about how labour-intensive Maya agricultural techniques were, at least at San Antonio.

without/beyond a shadow of a doubt

Don't ask me how - but I knew it without a shadow of a doubt.

Now she knew without a shadow of doubt that she wasn't.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I hope to convince any doubters in the audience that our policies will work.

There are still some doubts about her suitability for the job.

There seems to be some doubt as to what warnings were given.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Especially in the early thirties, the ideas in the central tradition acted powerfully to breed such doubts.

He worked to dispel his doubts about his friend as though to pass another test, like his ordeal in the park.

However, some critics have expressed doubts over whether future governments can be locked into the promises.

If in doubt , try the front door.

It casts more doubt on Wallace's conviction in 1981 of the killing of his friend, antique dealer Jonathan Lewis.

Little doubt what the weight of opinion was there.

Then he thought of Benedicta and felt a twinge of doubt .

There seems no doubt ever in your minds that the Emperor is more powerful than you are, or Hari Seldon wiser.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

never

Her family had never doubted she was heading for the top job.

He never doubted that he knew all.

I think you need never doubt that he loves you.

Some of the tales were the apocrypha of his enemies, others Mitchell never doubted to be true.

I never doubted that I was on a road that led somewhere.

We never doubted that the way we did things would catch on.

The Khatami camp never doubted that their man would win a second presidential term.

Walt Disney never doubted for a moment that he could make Snow white.

seriously

Nobody seriously doubts that butter is lovely stuff.

Montagu testified that they never seriously doubted Lloyd George's ability to form a Government.

I doubt if anyone would seriously doubt that, now, as a matter of fact, this is the case.

Questions about why these examples and not others constantly loom, because we can seriously doubt how representative the selected texts are.

■ NOUN

ability

None doubted his ability , but Hardaker frowned upon his frankness.

Some doubted its ability to withstand rough weather.

She doubted her own ability to survive that long.

Montagu testified that they never seriously doubted Lloyd George's ability to form a Government.

She would have liked to be nearer to the panel, but she doubted her ability to kneel or squat in the spacesuit.

I doubt my ability for it.

But still she doubted her ability to hold out against him.

existence

But do we doubt the existence of thought?

In 4.2 I gave reasons for doubting the existence or if not the existence the usefulness of infallible beliefs.

You don't doubt the existence of chairs and tables, or the paper on which these words are written.

reason

Was there any reason to doubt that 1972 would be just as successful?

There is little reason to doubt O'Neill's honesty: clearly she had a very unusual experience.

There are many reasons to doubt that.

There is little reason to doubt the efficiency of this engine of justice.

While there were clearly political motives involved, there seems no reason to doubt his sincerity.

We know this from Soviet accounts, but there is little reason to doubt them.

Those who proclaimed it may have done so for cynical reasons , but I doubt that they genuinely believed it.

validity

Not for one moment did he doubt the validity of those ideas.

Such evidence casts doubt on the validity of the income / leisure trade-off model.

Later we shall have cause to doubt its accuracy and validity .

If our beliefs have never been challenged or put to the test we may doubt their validity now.

wisdom

It was as if the mere presence of the prize made each man doubt his own wisdom .

word

Once you doubt my word , that's it.

I expect you will not doubt my word too?

It never occurred to her to doubt the warrior's word .

She doubted the words would even be able to leave her mouth.

■ VERB

begin

By the autumn of 1959, the Chiefs of Staff had begun to doubt its viability as an effective deterrent.

I was teaching economics and watching people die on the streets when I began doubting what I had learned from the textbooks.

I began to doubt my own soundness of mind.

He had even begun to doubt himself!

Otherwise we begin to doubt the concept.

Some people began to doubt Frank.

cast

The Newsweek story also casts doubt on the official version of what happened to Whitewater itself.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

be open to question/doubt

The authenticity of the relics is open to doubt.

Their motives are open to question.

But whether Republicans want to cooperate is open to question.

Even if, as is open to question, screen violence really does invite emulation, that is the wrong approach.

In particular, the significance of the small number who say their work has been deskilled is open to question.

It also is open to question how well equipped courts are to make this kind of determination-about the workings of economic markets.

The entire business of basing regulations on animal tests is open to question.

The President acceded to the Chancellor's request for two reasons, both of which were open to question.

Whether the yeast could ever be as abundant as this is open to question.

Whether this kind of Labour Party is capable of winning a general election is open to doubt.

beyond (a) reasonable doubt

Civilised society generally only convicts where a man is guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

Finally, although it is not proved beyond reasonable doubt, most experts agree that dry foods are beneficial to the teeth.

If theft is not proved beyond reasonable doubt, they should consider handling.

If we knew that, I think we'd be beyond reasonable doubt.

In many cases, it will be hard for the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he is lying.

It means only that prosecutors failed to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, he said.

Once the issue is validly raised, the prosecution has the burden of disproving it beyond reasonable doubt.

They had to feel, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Bill had killed Sandy.

element of surprise/truth/risk/doubt etc

I like the element of risk.

If Weaver had been watching as Liz Spalding had been smuggled into the house, then the element of surprise was lost.

It contains a major element of truth, even if it is not precisely the truth which its originators intended.

The element of risk gave it an added excitement.

There is an element of truth in all of these.

There were elements of truth in this critique, Jim supposed.

Web browsers, once limited to displaying text and graphics and downloading files, have created an entirely new element of risk.

What I do is count on the element of surprise.

give sb the benefit of the doubt

She claimed she wasn't trying to commit suicide, and doctors gave her the benefit of the doubt.

Something didn't seem quite right, but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.

niggling doubt/worry/suspicion etc

Almost immediately, the fretting, niggling worries and the sense of fearful anticipation began to return.

Always, in the background, in the dim recesses of her mind, there had been that niggling doubt.

And here a niggling doubt enters the mind.

Nor did it remove the niggling suspicion that Isabel was hiding something.

Of course, this is usually so, but I am having little niggling doubts about such a sweeping statement.

There remains the niggling doubt that this delay has something to do with our muddled sentimentality towards animals.

There was, however, a niggling doubt in the minds of some of the jurors.

not the slightest chance/doubt/difference etc

But whether the parent with the yellow flowers supplies the egg or the pollen makes not the slightest difference.

I tried closing my eyes; it made not the slightest difference.

There was now not the slightest doubt that Hsu was decaying and losing her structural integrity.

without/beyond a shadow of a doubt

Don't ask me how - but I knew it without a shadow of a doubt.

Now she knew without a shadow of doubt that she wasn't.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

At the time we seriously doubted that the doctor had got the diagnosis right.

He doubted that the car was hers because everyone knew she had no money.

He may be able to do a good job, but I doubt it.

He wondered how he could ever have doubted her.

I doubt whether I'll be able to find a decent car for the price I can afford.

I very much doubt whether we'll get someone for the job by September.

In all the years I knew him I never once doubted his story.

It was possible that Maggie had been delayed, but he doubted it.

She says she'll leave him, but I doubt very much that she will.

Some people doubted that the attacks on the American ships had actually taken place.

The Navy never seriously doubted the inquiry's findings.

They seriously doubted whether the letter had ever existed.

We'd better go to the party, but I doubt if it'll be very exciting.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Her sincerity made me doubt my own version of events.

I doubted that I would find one in time.

No-one can doubt its power to evoke the imagination of millions upon millions of people through the ages and today.

Still, I could not doubt that my vision had occurred, even though I had no way to verify it.

They doubt that Caravaggio was even homosexual, as is widely believed.

Who could doubt that at this late date?

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