Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a doubtful manner, in context of doubt or ambiguity, questionably.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a doubtful manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a doubtful manner; with doubt or hesitation; so as to indicate or admit of doubt.

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

  • adv. in a doubtful manner

Etymologies

doubtful +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The innovation — ary —” he tasted the coinage doubtfully, “— steps, that you will agree are necessary, will cost twenty thousand dollars American.

    Tender is the Night

  • "You seem very well dressed," doubtfully; "and you do not look hungry."

    A Splendid Hazard

  • "It would be very nice indeed," doubtfully; "but who could we get to go with us?"

    Clover

  • I "-- doubtfully," am I speaking to Miss Massereene? "

    Molly Bawn

  • "I don't know," doubtfully; "from what I have read, there are more puppets in and about a City Hall than ever dangled in the puppet booth.

    Half a Rogue

  • Only I thought, "doubtfully," that as you've always admired Phil's room so much, you might like to secure it now that we have to go. "

    Clover

  • When Mrs. Livingston raises her eyebrow doubtfully, Harriet adds, My father gives me a generous clothing allowance.

    Uprising

  • He looked doubtfully at the silver wrapper from his chocolate.

    AFTER MIDNIGHT • by Jenny Schwartz

  • Overall unit shipments in the quarter were slightly below our forecast due to lower than expected demand for older models, said Rim co-chief executive Jim BalsillieThe next set of results are expected to be make or break for Rim's current top team, and analysts reacted doubtfully to the company's own predictions of a return to growth in the run up to Christmas.

    Profits plunge for maker of BlackBerry

  • “I know men club them,” I said, trying to reassure myself, and gazing doubtfully at a large bull, not thirty feet away, upreared on his fore-flippers and regarding me intently.

    Chapter 30

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