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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DOUBTED

That they will do so with good courage is not to be doubted.

That he was unable to do, even if it were true, which he doubted.

Giles was their “ancient” and had charge of the banner, nor could it be doubted that he had flourished.

This fact has been doubted; but why should It be deemed incredible?

That I could elude Rima's keener eyes I doubted; but that did not trouble me.

Still Margaret doubted and hesitated, for she feared she knew not what.

Perhaps you have heard that people have doubted if I were a natural son?

Well might the merit of your passion be doubted, you say, if, like Mr. Solmes—fiddle-faddle!

He would have doubted still more, if he had known all that I knew.

He had it republished, declaring that "he must be an obstinate Sadducee who doubted it."

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").

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.