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Monday, August 12, 2002

dubiety

\doo-BY-uh-tee; dyoo-\ , noun;
1.
The condition or quality of being doubtful or skeptical.
2.
A matter of doubt.
Quotes:
Kennedy and O'Connor may think that Title 3 has been violated, but O'Connor and the chief justice are not convinced that the Supreme Court was meant to litigate challenges under that federal statute, and their dubiety here is shared by Justices Scalia and Souter.
-- Hadley Arkes, "A Morning at the Court", National Review, December 2, 2000
Despite a lack of forensic evidence, dubiety among the police themselves and inaccuracies in Raymond's confession, he was finally found guilty.
-- Maggie Barry, "I've been a screen for the person who killed Pamela", The Mirror, August 10, 2002
Here, the historical evidence would seem to be tricky but free from all dubieties.
-- Paul Taylor, "A mechanical science lesson", Independent, November 21, 2001
I want every inconsistency, every dubiety, every ambiguity left in.
-- David Maclean, quoted in David Hencke, "Tories plot hunt bill dirty tricks", The Guardian, January 17, 2001
Origin:
Dubiety is from Late Latin dubietas, from Latin dubius, "doubtful, uncertain."
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