dubitation

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French dubitation.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) enPR: dyo͞obĭtāʹshən, IPA(key): /djuːbɪˈteɪʃən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌdu.bɪˈteɪ.ʃən/, /ˌdju.bɪˈteɪ.ʃən/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

dubitation (usually uncountable, plural dubitations)

  1. (uncountable) The process of doubting or the state of being in doubt; hesitation, uncertainty.
    • circa 1450, Coventry Mystery Plays, page 67 (Shakespeare Society; published 1841–53):
      I [] Alle that my progenitouris hath [] seyn, ffeythfully beleve withowtyn alle dubytacion.
    • 1570, George Buchanan, Chamæleon, page 51:
      The Chamæleon [] eftir sum dubitatioun come to Striueling.
    • 1867, George MacDonald, Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood, chapter 32:
      All my dubitation and distress were gone, for I had something to do, although what I could not yet tell.
  2. (countable, obsolete) A thing to be doubted; a matter that calls for doubt.
    • 1545, George Joye, The Exposicion of Daniel the Prophete, chapter 12:
      The trewe inuocacion of God thorow Cryst, thei haue turned it into a dowtfull dubitacion.
  3. (countable) A pang or expression of doubt.
    • 1683, John Pordage (author) and Edward Hooker (editor), Theologica Mystica, or The Mystic Divinitie of the Æternal Invisibles, page 99:
      Altercations, disputations and dubitations of, in and about Mystic Theologie.
    • 1841, Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship, chapter 4:
      [T]he deep earnest soul of the man had fallen into all manner of black scruples, dubitations; he believed himself likely to die soon, and far worse than die.
    • 1864, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Wylder’s Hand, chapter 43:
      These terrors and dubitations are infectious.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Latin dubitātiō.

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Noun[edit]

dubitation f (plural dubitations)

  1. (literary) dubitation: the action of putting in doubt, or a state of doubt
  2. (rhetoric) a figure of speech, a passage in which a writer or speaker expresses or feigns doubt, for example to forestall objections

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"dubitation" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).