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ˈdaʊt fəldoubt·ful

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  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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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

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

  2. doubtful, dubiousadjective

    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, tentativeadjective

    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)

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. doubtfuladjective

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

  2. doubtfuladjective

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

  3. doubtfuladjective

    Synonyms:
    indeterminate, undecided, uncertain, questionable

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#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. Sinan Ulgen:

    How much Turkey will be able to meet its expectations from the EU without taking any (reform) steps is doubtful.

  2. Enid Bagnold:

    It's not till sex has died out between a man and a woman that they can really love. And now I mean affection. Now I mean to be fond of (as one is fond of oneself) --to hope, to be disappointed, to live inside the other heart. When I look back on the pain of sex, the love like a wild fox so ready to bite, the antagonism that sits like a twin beside love, and contrast it with affection, so deeply unrepeatable, of two people who have lived a life together (and of whom one must die) it's the affection I find richer. It's that I would have again. Not all those doubtful rainbow colors.

  3. Herbert Hensley Henson:

    Men are doubtful and skeptical about the Church they suspect and dislike the clergy they are impatient of theological systems but for Jesus Christ, as he stand out to view in the sacred pages, as they dimly realize him in their own best selves, as they catch faint traces of him in the lives of his saints, they have no other sentiments than those of respect and affection.

  4. Jon Costanzo:

    Frogs and turtles that live in seasonally cold places are very well-adapted to survive the winter, even a particularly long one, however, it is doubtful that they could survive a hibernation that lasts multiple years.

  5. John Boehner:

    When the Democrats had total control of the Congress they couldn't find the votes, it's doubtful the votes are here to raise the gas tax again. … I’ve never voted to raise the gas tax. We'll have to work our way through it.


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