What does "Doubtful" mean?


(a.) Admitting of doubt; not obvious, clear, or certain; questionable; not decided; not easy to be defined, classed, or named; as, a doubtful case, hue, claim, title, species, and the like (a.) Characterized by ambiguity; dubious; as, a doubtful expression; a doubtful phrase (a.) Fearful; apprehensive; suspicious (a.) Not settled in opinion; undetermined; wavering; hesitating in belief; also used, metaphorically, of the body when its action is affected by such a state of mind; as, we are doubtful of a fact, or of the propriety of a measure (a.) Of uncertain issue or event

Synonyms tentative, dubious, uncertain, questionable, unsettled, unsure, in question, dubitable, incertain

Example: "The candidate's doubtful past" Example: "They were doubtful that the cord would hold"