Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

doubtful  - definition and synonyms

 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective doubtful pronunciation in American English /ˈdaʊtfəl/
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [not usually before noun] not certain or likely to happen or be true

    Already the whole project was looking doubtful.

    it is doubtful (that)/whether/if/how:

    It is doubtful whether he will survive.

    1. a.
      mainly journalism unlikely to be doing something, especially playing in a game

      Kirkwood is doubtful for tonight’s game.

  2. 3
    [not usually before noun] not feeling certain about something

    You still seem a little doubtful.

    doubtful about:

    He was doubtful about the accuracy of the results.

    doubtful (that)/whether/if:

    The board was doubtful that her estimates were realistic.

derived word

doubtfully

 doubtful pronunciation in American English adverb

bit rot

when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

jive

to dance a jive

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog