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Definition of Doubtful

Doubtful

  1. Not settled in opinion; undetermined; wavering; hesitating in belief; also used, metaphorically, of the body when its action is affected by such a state of mind; as, we are doubtful of a fact, or of the propriety of a measure.
  2. Admitting of doubt; not obvious, clear, or certain; questionable; not decided; not easy to be defined, classed, or named; as, a doubtful case, hue, claim, title, species, and the like.
  3. Characterized by ambiguity; dubious; as, a doubtful expression; a doubtful phrase.
  4. Of uncertain issue or event.
  5. Fearful; apprehensive; suspicious.

Doubtful Quotations

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

In doubtful cases the more liberal interpretation must always be preferred.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.
Aesop

Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you have him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.
Charles Dickens

I put forward formless and unresolved notions, as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools, not to establish the truth but to seek it.
Michel de Montaigne
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Doubtful Translations

doubtful in Dutch is dubieus, twijfelachtig, discutabel
doubtful in German is zweifelhaftes, fraglich
doubtful in Latin is incertus
doubtful in Portuguese is duvidoso

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