doubtful

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Etymology[edit]

From doubt +‎ -ful.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

doubtful (comparative more doubtful, superlative most doubtful)

  1. Subject to, or causing doubt
  2. Experiencing or showing doubt, sceptical
  3. Undecided or of uncertain outcome
  4. (obsolete) Fearsome, dreadful.
  5. Improbable or unlikely
  6. Suspicious, or of dubious character
  7. Unclear or unreliable
    • 1922, E.R. Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros:
      The pupils of her great eyes were large in the doubtful lamplight, swallowing their green fires in deep pools of mystery and darkness.

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