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The man who has just saved his life can no doubt obtain any favour.

Of this, there is an impression on my mind too strong to admit of doubt.

I doubt me whether the poor old hound will brook the journey.

And the only one she never forgets is, 'When in doubt, lead your highest check.'

No doubt it was true, for she would have insisted on moderate cleanliness and comfort.

That they would use the drug to excess there can be no doubt, and that is the main point.

I can't remember when I haven't awakened to doubt, and worry, and heart-sickness.

But that Hope loved him ardently there was no doubt, however it might be explained.

No one who listened to her could doubt her perfect truthfulness and integrity.

If they rode down in a mob the boy would no doubt surrender.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "to dread, fear," from Old French doter "doubt, be doubtful; be afraid," from Latin dubitare "to doubt, question, hesitate, waver in opinion" (related to dubius "uncertain;" see dubious), originally "to have to choose between two things."

The sense of "fear" developed in Old French and was passed on to English. Meaning "to be uncertain" is attested in English from c.1300. The -b- was restored 14c. by scribes in imitation of Latin. Replaced Old English tweogan (noun twynung), from tweon "two," on notion of "of two minds" or the choice of two implied in Latin dubitare (cf. German Zweifel "doubt," from zwei "two").

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