AskDefine | Define doubtful

Dictionary Definition

doubtful adj
1 open to doubt or suspicion; "the candidate's doubtful past"; "he has a dubious record indeed"; "what one found uncertain the other found dubious or downright false"; "it was more than dubitable whether the friend was as influential as she thought"- Karen Horney [syn: dubious, dubitable, in question(p)]
2 fraught with uncertainty or doubt; "they were doubtful that the cord would hold"; "it was doubtful whether she would be admitted"; "dubious about agreeing to go" [syn: dubious]
3 unsettled in mind or opinion; "drew a few tentative conclusions" [syn: tentative]

User Contributed Dictionary




doubt + -ful


Subject to, or causing doubt
Experiencing or showing doubt
Undecided or of uncertain outcome
Improbable or unlikely
Suspicious, or of dubious character

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