from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being doubtful; doubt; uncertainty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State of being doubtful.
  • n. Uncertainty of meaning; ambiguity; indefiniteness.
  • n. Uncertainty of event or issue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A state of doubt or uncertainty of mind; dubiousness; suspense; instability of opinion.
  • n. Ambiguity; uncertainty of meaning.
  • n. Uncertainty of event or issue; indeterminateness of condition.

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

  • n. the state of being unsure of something
  • n. uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something


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  • I shall more at large explain, in their particular application to our several sorts of ideas: for if we examine them, we shall find that the names of Mixed Modes are most liable to doubtfulness and imperfection, for the two first of these reasons; and the names of

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