Definitions

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  • adj. Tending to doubt; doubtful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to doubt; doubtful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to doubt; doubting.

Etymologies

Latin dubitativus: compare French dubitatif. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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 doubt—attenuated fear.

    Chapter 2. The Elements of Speech

  • [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.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7

  • 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.

    Entretiens / Interviews / Entrevistas

  • 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.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • His look, it seemed to Mainwaring, appeared to be dubitative as to how far he dared to be frank.

    Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates : fiction, fact & fancy concerning the buccaneers & marooners of the Spanish Main

  • “No, ” said Tom, opening his pocket-knife and holding it over the puff, with his head on one side in a dubitative manner.

    VI. The Aunts and Uncles Are Coming. Book I—Boy and Girl

  • 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.

    With Zola in England

  • 'That's to the very extremity how the little signora Inglese would write,' said Luigi; yet cogitating profoundly in a dubitative twinkle of

    Vittoria — Volume 3

  • 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.

    Lord Ormont and His Aminta — Volume 4

  • 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.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

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