Definitions

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  • n. One who doubts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who doubts; one whose opinion is unsettled; one who scruples.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who doubts; one whose opinion is unsettled or whose mind is not convinced.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something
  • n. someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs

Etymologies

to doubt + -er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In fact, almost the only individual to approach the sacred book in the spirit of a doubter is the lexicographer himself, who knows by the sad experience of his own misdoings how easily a mistaken explanation, an incorrect form, or even a non-existent word may be handed down from one compiler to another.

    On Dictionaries

  • There are times when the doubter is intolerable, and I knew that this was one of them.

    Aleta Dey

  • Heretic here means formal heretic, but also includes the positive doubter, that is, the man who posits his doubt as defensible by reason, but not the negative doubter, who simply abstains from formulating a judgment.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • A still more obstinate tendency of the doubter is the insistent habit interminably to argue over the simplest proposition, particularly regarding matters pertaining to the health, comfort, and life of the individual himself.

    Why Worry?

  • If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.

    Buridan's Ass

  • That's when we began hearing about how the vice president, known as a doubter on Afghanistan through most of this year, was becoming more influential.

    NPR Topics: News

  • And so for that reason I think we have to stop thinking of anyone as a "doubter" at all.

    Preach Your Doubts

  • I think that if you classify anyone who doesn't toe a particular theological line as a "doubter", you have defined a particular theological orthodoxy as the standard as one against which all are measured, and anyone who disagrees is a "doubter".

    Preach Your Doubts

  • In these sorts of situations you'd expect the "doubter" to either come around and accept Mina or get embarrassed and made fun of for the rest of the series.

    Anime Nano!

  • Sadly Gef failed to put in a single appearance whilst Price and Lambert were present at Cashen's Gap, it being later made known that Gef had not wanted to reveal himself because Lambert was a "doubter".

    Everything2 New Writeups

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