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[doo-bahy-i-tee, dyoo-] /duˈbaɪ ɪ ti, dyu-/
noun, plural dubieties.
doubtfulness; doubt.
a matter of doubt.
Also called dubiosity.
Origin of dubiety
1740-50; < Latin dubietās, equivalent to dubi(us) dubious + -etās, variant of -itās after vocalic stems; see -ity
1. skepticism, mistrust, distrust, suspicion. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dubiety
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  • He knew that Brand was not likely to leave them in any dubiety as to the past.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • On the other hand, there is no dubiety about the origin of the Vedic Agni.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • In Election Committee-rooms there is now no dubiety; but the work goes bravely along.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • Richardson said that “a state of dubiety and suspense is ever accompanied with uneasiness.”

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • What I prefer is a pleasant intellectual twilight, where one sees realities through an entrancing atmosphere of dubiety.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Adrienne's shrug was eloquent of the dubiety of such an enterprise.

    Jane Allen: Right Guard Edith Bancroft
  • Jim responded to the greeting, experiencing at the same time a dubiety as to Morans sincerity.

    Sudden Jim Clarence Budington Kelland
  • There came to her neither word nor expression to remove the girl's dubiety.

    The Judge Rebecca West
  • David was now firmly convinced that he had once been wrecked on an island, while Oliver passed his days in dubiety.

    The Little White Bird J. M. Barrie
  • There was no dubiety about the verdict of the Nationalist organizations opposed to Mr. Redmond.

    The Evolution of Sinn Fein Robert Mitchell Henry
British Dictionary definitions for dubiety


noun (pl) -ties
the state of being doubtful
a doubtful matter
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin dubietās, from Latin dubiusdubious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dubiety

c.1750, from Late Latin dubietas "doubt, uncertainty," from dubius (see dubious).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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