- Latin dubitativus: compare French dubitatif. (Wiktionary)
“Most, if not all, the interjections are to be put to the credit of emotional expression, also, it may be, a number of linguistic elements expressing certain modalities, such as dubitative or potential forms, which may be interpreted as reflecting the emotional states of hesitation or doubtattenuated fear.”
“[Illustration: "IS IT THE TIPSY-CAKE, THEN?"] "No," said Tom, opening his pocketknife and holding it over the puff, with his head on one side in a dubitative manner.”
“Par rapport à mes remarques précédentes, je suis assez dubitative sur le "plaisir" que l'on peut retirer d'une lecture sur un écran d'un roman de Proust.”
“Stephen's face gave back the priest's indulgent smile and, not being anxious to give an opinion, he made a slight dubitative movement with his lips.”
“His look, it seemed to Mainwaring, appeared to be dubitative as to how far he dared to be frank.”
“No, said Tom, opening his pocket-knife and holding it over the puff, with his head on one side in a dubitative manner.”
“At a later stage the 'Daily M.il' hit the nail on the head by signalling M. Zola's presence at the Oatlands Park Hotel; but so many reports having already proved erroneous, the 'M.il' was by no means certain of the accuracy of its information, and the dubitative form in which its statement was couched prevented the matter from going further.”
“That's to the very extremity how the little signora Inglese would write,' said Luigi; yet cogitating profoundly in a dubitative twinkle of”
“Captain Cumnock emerged from the inn-yard with a dubitative step, pressing a handkerchief to his nose, blinking, and scrutinizing the persistent fresh stains on it.”
“She had been nibbled at, all but eaten up, while he hung dubitative; and though that was the cause of his winning her, it offended his niceness.”
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