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Without doubt he has already told you how all this came to pass.

"Without doubt, he could gather no confidence by witnessing our indifference," he said.

Miss Georgie was, without doubt, in a nasty temper that night.

But without doubt Madame, Mademoiselle's friend had forgotten the hour.

And it was he, without doubt, who scratched a calendar on this stone.

They are spiritual, they come to us without doubt from a spirit, from God.

At Bishopsgate, near Egham, she has what is without doubt the finest cattery.

I was born of parents who, without doubt, held honorable positions.

For eating, this is without doubt the best mushroom that grows.

"Without doubt; but don't be proud of it," answered the doctor with a laugh.

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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