Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who doubts.

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

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

Etymologies

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to doubt + -er.

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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Russell’s Teapot | My[confined]Space

  • 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.

    "Retraining the Scientific Imagination..." - The Panda's Thumb

  • 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

  • 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.

    Three Wise Men

  • 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

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