considerable, grave, real, serious, severe

Without the slightest doubt this is a remarkable exhibition.

gnawing, lingering, nagging, niggling
growing, increasing
personal, private

He made clear his own private doubts about it.


We have established beyond all reasonable doubt that the painting was indeed by Rembrandt.

It is almost impossible to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt. (esp. BrE)

It is almost impossible to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. (esp. AmE)


His failure to appear raises serious doubts as to his reliability.

entertain, feel, harbour/harbor, have

She still felt the same niggling doubt: was he really telling the truth?

express, voice
clear up, dispel, erase (esp. AmE), remove, resolve

The announcement dispelled any doubts as to the prince's intentions.

cast, throw

Her record of dismissals casts doubt on her ability to hold down a job.

call sth into, throw sth into

The proposed development has been thrown into doubt by the decision.

be open to

Their honesty is open to doubt.

appear, arise

Doubts have arisen over the viability of the schedule.


Considerable doubt exists as to the precise origin of this custom.

persist, remain
surround sth

From the start, doubts surrounded her claim to be the missing heiress.

beyond doubt, beyond a doubt, beyond all doubt, beyond any doubt

The evidence proves beyond doubt that he is innocent.

in doubt

The arrangements for the event still seemed to be in doubt.

If in doubt, consult your doctor.

without doubt, without a doubt

She is without a doubt the best player I know.

doubt about, doubt over

Some committee members still had doubts about the plans.

doubt in

There is no doubt in my mind that this man is Tom.

beyond a shadow of (a) doubt, without a shadow of (a) doubt

This proves without a shadow of doubt that we were right.

have your doubts about sth

They say they'll be here on time, but I have my doubts about that.

leave no, little, some, etc. doubt

She leaves no doubt as to her view of Picasso's work.

there is little doubt (that)

There is little doubt the documents are fake.

highly (esp. AmE), seriously, very much

I never seriously doubted his story.


Lee privately doubted the truth of this statement.

not doubt sth for a moment, second, etc.

I didn't doubt for a second that she was telling the truth.

Doubt is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑sceptic
Doubt is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ability, ↑accuracy, ↑authenticity, ↑correctness, ↑existence, ↑feasibility, ↑importance, ↑judgement, ↑love, ↑loyalty, ↑reliability, ↑sanity, ↑sincerity, ↑suitability, ↑truth, ↑validity, ↑wisdom, ↑word, ↑worth

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