Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. doubt; uncertainty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State of being in doubt; uncertainty; doubt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fear; dread; suspicion.

Etymologies

Old French doutance. Compare dubitancy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Aspasius, for the doubtance of the people, commanded to put a sword in her body, and so she was martyred.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 2

  • John, have in thee no doubtance, but be strong and vigorous, for from henceforth thou shalt no more be called John, but thou shalt be called right high enhanced.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 3

  • For this doubtance and fear of him she is minded to go to one of her own castles that is somewhat stronger. "

    The High History of the Holy Graal

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