Synonyms for doubtful
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Equivocal (Latin equus, equal, and vox, voice, word) denotes that which may equally well be understood in either of two or more ways. Ambiguous (Latin ambi, around, and ago, drive, lead) signifies lacking in distinctness or certainty, obscure or doubtful through indefiniteness of expression. Ambiguous is applied only to spoken or written statements; equivocal has other applications. A statement is ambiguous when it leaves the mind of the reader or hearer to fluctuate between two meanings, which would fit the language equally well; it is equivocal when it would naturally be understood in one way, but is capable of a different interpretation; an equivocal expression is, as a rule, intentionally deceptive, while an ambiguous utterance may be simply the result of a want either of clear thought or of adequate expression. That which is enigmatical must be guessed like a riddle; a statement may be purposely made enigmatical in order to provoke thought and study. That is doubtful which is fairly open to doubt; that is dubious which has become the subject of doubts so grave as scarcely to fall short of condemnation; as, a dubious reputation. Questionable may be used nearly in the sense either of dubious or of doubtful; a questionable statement is one that must be proved before it can be accepted. To say that one's honesty is questionable is a mild way of saying that in the opinion of the speaker he is likely to prove dishonest. Equivocal is sometimes, tho more rarely, used in this sense. A suspicious character gives manifest reason to be suspected; a suspicious temper is inclined to suspect the motives and intentions of others, with or without reason. Compare CLEAR.
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doubtful, dubious, dubitable, in question(p)adjective
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
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"
unsettled in mind or opinion
"drew a few tentative conclusions"
grammar in clarifications are rather ambiguous
i'm not quiet convinced of his explanations, i'm not sure of his intentionsSubmitted by greenwriter60 on March 24, 2019
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Some Iranian leaders believe that in case of failure, they can count on their neighbors to skirt the sanctions and bank on big power rivalries to undercut the restrictions, but this strategy's success is far from certain, likewise, Russia and China have repeatedly sided with the West in isolating Iran. Similarly doubtful is how much more the economy could recover without meaningful sanctions relief, amidst plummeting oil prices.
It's going to be very difficult for him to get a fair trial, not only because of the movie, but because of the media surrounding the movie, mr. Kyle is a hero in many people's eyes. Due to the fact that this movie has gained intense public attention, it's doubtful that a fair jury can be selected anywhere.
In necessary things, unity in doubtful things, liberty in all things, charity.
Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that assures the successful outcome of any venture.
A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.
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- несигурен, съмняващ се, невероятен, съмнителен, подозрителенBulgarian
- dubtósCatalan, Valencian
- tvivlende, tvivlsom, usikkerDanish
- zweifelnd, zweifelhaftGerman
- epäilevä, epätodennäköinen, arveluttava, epäilyttävä, kyseenalainen, epävarmaFinnish
- douteuse, douteuxFrench
- mì-chinnteachScottish Gaelic
- թերահավատ, կասկածամիտArmenian
- taupetupetu, hokiruaMāori
- tvilandeNorwegian Nynorsk
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