Synonyms for doubtingly

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But the latter simply joined in the laugh, doubtingly, perhaps.

Williams looked at her doubtingly, and still feared she was hoaxing him.

"If it turns upon the precise definition of a word," he remarked, doubtingly.

"I scarcely can separate the two in my mind," said Jack, doubtingly.

"Why, I should scare ye to death, mebbe," said Sam doubtingly.

"You have good eyes to detect it," observed Browning, doubtingly.

He looked at her doubtingly, and her eyes fell to the ground.

"She's in the parlour, I suppose," said Mrs. Neefit doubtingly.

I know not in what terms to thank you, was her answer, diffidently and doubtingly expressed.

He put a fat envelope in her fingers and she received it doubtingly.

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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