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Synonyms for doubtful
ˈdaʊt fəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. doubtful, dubious, dubitable, in question(p)(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

    Antonyms:
    certain(p), settled, sure, unquestionable

  2. doubtful, dubious(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"

    Synonyms:
    tentative, in question(p), dubious, dubitable

    Antonyms:
    certain(p), sure, unquestionable, settled

  3. doubtful, tentative(adj)

    unsettled in mind or opinion

    "drew a few tentative conclusions"

    Synonyms:
    dubitable, probationary, tentative, provisionary, in question(p), provisional, dubious

    Antonyms:
    sure, settled, unquestionable, certain(p)

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. doubtful

    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.

    Synonyms:
    ambiguous, dubious, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocal, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, obscure, perplexing, questionable, suspicious, uncertain

    Antonyms:
    certain, clear, distinct, evident, indisputable, indubitable, lucid, manifest, obvious, perspicuous, plain, unambiguous, unequivocal, unquestionable, unquestioned

Editors Contribution

  1. exegesis

    grammar in clarifications are rather ambiguous

    i'm not quiet convinced of his explanations, i'm not sure of his intentions

    Submitted by greenwriter60 on March 24, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. doubtful(a.)

    Synonyms:
    wavering, undecided, hesitating, undetermined, in suspense

  2. doubtful(a.)

    Synonyms:
    ambiguous, dubious, equivocal, obscure, enigmatical, problematical

  3. doubtful(a.)

    Synonyms:
    indeterminate, undecided, uncertain, questionable

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. doubtful(a)

    Synonyms:
    unsettled, undetermined, dubious, wavering, precarious, undecided, irresolute, questionable, involved, ambiguous, enigmatical, problematical, equivocal, vague, indefinite

    Antonyms:
    certain, implicit, sure, unquestionable, unwavering

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#6236suspect
#7056unlikely
#9353impaired
#11333provisional
#11666uncertain
#13380obscure
#13890suspicious
#15140tentative
#15385questionable
#17795ambiguous
#18409skeptical
#20066doubtful
#22231indefinite
#23071dubious
#29139probationary
#32220hesitant
#36208indeterminate
#36528dodgy
#37424enigmatic
#45427debatable
#53854perplexing
#67973indistinct
#70807equivocal

How to use doubtful in a sentence?

  1. Emeasoba George:

    Do you know? Knowledge is not enough until it is applied properly. Do you also know? Wishes are worthless unless you get yourself engaged in something genuine. Besides, hearing alone does not produce positive result except you believe undoubtedly what you have already heard and then act on it. Oh! yes, until you believe anything in toto that is just when you will surely receive it. In other words, believeability precedes actualization. So, have you been believing what you've been hearing? Or have you been doubtful all the while? Nevertheless, you've got to believe in positivities and possibilities and never in negativities and impossibilities. Because, if you do believe undoubtedly and certainly you will eventually receive. Even beyond your expectations. -Emeasoba George

  2. Robert Frost:

    A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.

  3. Sallust:

    All who consult on doubtful matters, should be void of hatred, friendship, anger, and pity.

  4. Valery Nesterov:

    Totally bypassing Ukraine in the time that has been set is doubtful, we believe that in 5 to 10 years relations with Ukraine will stabilise and some of the transit flows will remain.

  5. Friedrich August von Hayek:

    It used to be the boast of free men that, so long as they kept within the bounds of the known law, there was no need to ask anybody's permission or to obey anybody's orders. It is doubtful whether any of us can make this claim today.


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