doubtful

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Etymology[edit]

From doubt +‎ -ful.

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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.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XIV:
      ‘With whom,’ seyde Sir Percivale, ‘shall I fyght?’ ‘With the moste douteful champion of the worlde [...].’
  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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