doubtful

  • 1 doubtful — doubtful, dubious 1. The constructions that follow doubtful correspond to the pattern outlined for doubt above, with whether and if still dominant but a that clause now increasingly common: • It is doubtful that in the right to life controversy… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 Doubtful — Doubt ful, a. 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 doubtful — doubtful, dubious, problematic, questionable are comparable when they mean not affording assurance of the worth, soundness, success, or certainty of something or someone. Doubtful and dubious are sometimes used with little distinction. Doubtful,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 doubtful — I adjective arguable, at issue, conditional, conjectural, contestable, controvertible, debatable, disbelieving, disposed to question, disputable, distrustful, doubtable, doubting, dubious, dubitable, dubius, equivocal, implausible, improbable, in …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 doubtful — UK US /ˈdaʊtfəl/ adjective ACCOUNTING ► used to describe debts or accounts that are unlikely to be paid: »The Company has established an allowance for doubtful accounts based on the credit risk of specific customers and historical trends. → See… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 6 doubtful — [dout′fəl] adj. [ME douteful] 1. in doubt; not clear or definite; ambiguous 2. not clearly predictable; uncertain; unsure 3. giving rise to doubt or suspicion; questionable, as in reputation 4. feeling doubt; unsettled in opinion or belief… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 doubtful — [adj1] questionable, unclear ambiguous, borderline, chancy, clouded, contingent, debatable, dicey, disreputable, doubtable, dubious, dubitable, equivocal, far fetched, fat chance, fishy*, hazardous, hazy, iffy*, impugnable, inconclusive,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 doubtful — late 14c., from DOUBT (Cf. doubt) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Doubtfully; doubtfulness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 doubtful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) uncertain. 2) not known with certainty. 3) improbable. DERIVATIVES doubtfully adverb doubtfulness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 doubtful — [[t]da͟ʊtfʊl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, oft it v link ADJ that/wh If it is doubtful that something will happen, it seems unlikely to happen or you are uncertain whether it will happen. For a time it seemed doubtful that he would move at… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 doubtful — doubt|ful [ˈdautfəl] adj 1.) probably not true or not likely to happen ▪ Prospects for a lasting peace remain doubtful. it is doubtful if/whether ▪ It was doubtful whether the patient would survive the operation. it is doubtful that ▪ It is… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 doubtful — adj. 1) doubtful of 2) doubtful that + inf. (it s doubtful that she will be present) USAGE NOTE: see the Usage Note for doubtI. Thus, to express uncertainty , one can say it is doubtful whether they will finish on time. To express disbelief, one… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 doubtful — doubt|ful [ dautfəl ] adjective ** 1. ) not usually before noun not certain or likely to happen or be true: Already the whole project was looking doubtful. it is doubtful (that)/whether/if/how: It is doubtful whether he will survive. a ) MAINLY… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 doubtful — adjective 1) I was doubtful about going Syn: irresolute, hesitant, vacillating, dithering, wavering, in doubt, unsure, uncertain, of two minds, shilly shallying, undecided, in a quandary, in a dilemma, blowing hot and cold Ant …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 doubtful */*/ — UK [ˈdaʊtf(ə)l] / US [ˈdaʊtfəl] adjective 1) a) [not usually before noun] not certain or likely to happen or be true Already the whole project was looking doubtful. it is doubtful (that)/whether/if/how: It is doubtful whether he will survive. b)… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 doubtful — adjective 1 having doubts about something: The journalist looked doubtful when he heard her story. (+ if/whether): I m still doubtful whether I should accept this job. | doubtful about (doing) sth: At first we were doubtful about employing… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 doubtful — adjective Date: 14th century 1. giving rise to doubt ; open to question < it is doubtful that they ever knew what happened > 2. a. lacking a definite opinion, conviction, or determination < they were doubtful about the ad …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 doubtful — adjective 1) I was doubtful about going Syn: hesitant, in doubt, unsure, uncertain, in two minds, in a quandary, in a dilemma 2) it is doubtful whether he will come Syn: in doubt, uncertain, open to question …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 19 doubtful — doubtfully, adv. doubtfulness, n. /dowt feuhl/, adj. 1. of uncertain outcome or result. 2. admitting of or causing doubt; uncertain; ambiguous. 3. unsettled in opinion or belief; undecided; hesitating. 4. of equivocal or questionable character:… …

    Universalium

  • 20 doubtful — adj. 1 feeling doubt VERBS ▪ be, feel, look, seem, sound ▪ Eric was far from sure and Marion looked doubtful. ▪ become ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary