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Doubtfulness   Listen
noun
Doubtfulness  n.  
1.
State of being doubtful.
2.
Uncertainty of meaning; ambiguity; indefiniteness. " The doubtfulness of his expressions."
3.
Uncertainty of event or issue.






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"Doubtfulness" Quotes from Famous Books



... indifference was not assumed but real. His surroundings were novel, it is true, and produced on him clear impressions both pictorial and moral; but those impressions were of his surroundings in and for themselves, rather than in any doubtfulness of their relation to himself. For his mind was occupied with problems painful in character and difficult of solution; and to the said problems, heightening the emotional strain of them, his surroundings—the sense of feverish life, ...
— The Far Horizon • Lucas Malet

... These reports, which received a world-wide circulation in the newspapers, created a popular elation in the United States, and gave rise to serious apprehensions and concern in many other countries. But under both elation and concern there was a certain doubtfulness. So far the Syndicate had been successful; but its style of warfare was decidedly experimental, and its forces, in numerical strength at least, were weak. What would happen when the great naval power of Great Britain should be brought to bear upon the Syndicate, was a question whose probable answer ...
— The Great War Syndicate • Frank Stockton

... marriage. She cannot be false if she is capable of uniting extreme revolutionary agents and the king in one plot, I think; I do not know." Vittoria concluded her perfect expression of confidence with this atoning doubtfulness. ...
— The Shaving of Shagpat • George Meredith

... impression on them,) which relate either to the gratification of people's desires, or to the glutting of hatred, or to the avenging of injury. But if the object is to repress the feelings of the hearers, then they must be reminded of the uncertainty of fortune, of the doubtfulness of future events, and of the risk there may be of retaining their existing fortune, if it is good; and on the other hand, of the danger of its lasting if it is bad. And these are topics for a peroration. But in expressing one's opinions, the opening ought to be ...
— The Orations of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Volume 4 • Cicero



Words linked to "Doubtfulness" :   suspense, disbelief, misgiving, incertitude, mental reservation, cognitive state, dubiety, doubtful, certainty, arriere pensee, uncertainty, mental rejection, peradventure, indecision, incredulity



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