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Suspect vs. Doubt: What's the Difference?

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"Suspect" refers to having a belief without certainty, while "Doubt" means to lack confidence in the truth or reliability.

Key Differences

"Suspect" and "Doubt" are two verbs that express uncertainty, but they are utilized in different contexts. When you "suspect" something, you believe it to be probable or likely, but you lack concrete evidence to prove it. For example, one might suspect that it will rain due to dark clouds, even if it's not confirmed by a weather forecast.
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Oct 03, 2023
On the other side, "Doubt" signifies skepticism or a lack of conviction about something. If someone doubts a statement or claim, they question its veracity or truth. Unlike "suspect," where there's a hint of belief, "doubt" tends to lean towards disbelief.
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Oct 03, 2023
Using the words in a sentence can further clarify their differences. "I suspect he's behind this mischief," implies a particular direction of belief without solid evidence. In contrast, "I doubt he's telling the truth," indicates a leaning towards disbelief regarding the statement.
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Oct 03, 2023
In conclusion, while "Suspect" and "Doubt" both express uncertainty, "Suspect" leans towards a probable belief, and "Doubt" leans towards skepticism or disbelief.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 03, 2023

Comparison Chart

Primary Meaning

Believe without certainty
Lack confidence in truth/reliability
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Tendency

Leans towards belief
Leans towards disbelief
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Evidence Requirement

Not always needed
Often asks for evidence
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Example

"She suspects he's hiding something."
"She doubts his sincerity."
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Nature

More of a hunch or intuition
Skepticism or uncertainty
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Suspect and Doubt Definitions

Suspect

Regard as likely; suppose.
I suspect she'll come by evening.
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Doubt

Feel uncertain about.
I doubt his capabilities.
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Suspect

Think that (someone) is guilty of a crime.
Police suspect him of robbery.
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Doubt

Consider unlikely.
I doubt it'll rain today.
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Oct 03, 2023

Suspect

Believe something to be true without evidence.
Many suspect him to be the thief.
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Doubt

A feeling of uncertainty.
She's filled with doubt.
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Oct 03, 2023

Suspect

To consider (something) to be true or probable on little or no evidence
I suspect they are very disappointed.
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Doubt

To be undecided or skeptical about
Began to doubt some accepted doctrines.
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Suspect

To have doubts about (something); distrust
I suspect his motives.
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Doubt

To tend to disbelieve; distrust
Doubts politicians when they make sweeping statements.
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Suspect

To consider (a person) guilty without proof
The police suspect her of murder.
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Doubt

To regard as unlikely
I doubt that we'll arrive on time.
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Suspect

To have suspicion.
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Doubt

(Archaic) To suspect; fear.
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Suspect

One who is suspected, especially of having committed a crime.
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Doubt

To be undecided or skeptical.
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Suspect

Open to or viewed with suspicion
A suspect policy.
Suspect motives.
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Doubt

The state of being uncertain about the truth or reliability of something.
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Suspect

(transitive) To imagine or suppose (something) to be true, or to exist, without proof.
To suspect the presence of disease
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Doubt

Often doubts A feeling of uncertainty or distrust
Had doubts about his ability.
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Suspect

(transitive) To distrust or have doubts about (something or someone).
To suspect the truth of a story
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Doubt

A point about which one is uncertain or skeptical
Reassured me by answering my doubts.
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Suspect

(transitive) To believe (someone) to be guilty.
I suspect him of being the thief.
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Doubt

The condition of being unsettled or unresolved
An outcome still in doubt.
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Suspect

(intransitive) To have suspicion.
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Doubt

(ambitransitive) To be undecided about; to lack confidence in; to disbelieve, to question.
He doubted that was really what you meant.
I had no wish to go, though I doubt if they would have noticed me even if I had.
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Suspect

To look up to; to respect.
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Doubt

To harbour suspicion about; suspect.
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Suspect

A person who is suspected of something, in particular of committing a crime.
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Doubt

To anticipate with dread or fear; to apprehend.
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Suspect

Viewed with suspicion; suspected.
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Doubt

To fill with fear; to affright.
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Suspect

(nonstandard) Viewing with suspicion; suspecting.
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Doubt

To dread, to fear.
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Suspect

Suspicious; inspiring distrust.
Suspect [was] his face, suspect his word also.
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Doubt

Disbelief or uncertainty (about something); (countable) a particular instance of such disbelief or uncertainty.
There was some doubt as to who the child's real father was.
I have doubts about how to convert this code to JavaScript.
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Suspect

Suspected; distrusted.
What I can do or offer is suspect.
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Doubt

A point of uncertainty; a query.
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Suspect

Suspicion.
So with suspect, with fear and grief, dismayed.
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Doubt

To waver in opinion or judgment; to be in uncertainty as to belief respecting anything; to hesitate in belief; to be undecided as to the truth of the negative or the affirmative proposition; to b e undetermined.
Even in matters divine, concerning some things, we may lawfully doubt, and suspend our judgment.
To try your love and make you doubt of mine.
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Suspect

One who, or that which, is suspected; an object of suspicion; - formerly applied to persons and things; now, only to persons suspected of crime.
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Doubt

To suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive.
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Suspect

To imagine to exist; to have a slight or vague opinion of the existence of, without proof, and often upon weak evidence or no evidence; to mistrust; to surmise; - commonly used regarding something unfavorable, hurtful, or wrong; as, to suspect the presence of disease.
Nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more.
From her hand I could suspect no ill.
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Doubt

To question or hold questionable; to withhold assent to; to hesitate to believe, or to be inclined not to believe; to withhold confidence from; to distrust; as, I have heard the story, but I doubt the truth of it.
To admire superior sense, and doubt their own!
I doubt not that however changed, you keepSo much of what is graceful.
We doubt not nowBut every rub is smoothed on our way.
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Suspect

To imagine to be guilty, upon slight evidence, or without proof; as, to suspect one of equivocation.
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Doubt

To suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive of.
Edmond [was a] good man and doubted God.
I doubt some foul play.
That I of doubted danger had no fear.
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Suspect

To hold to be uncertain; to doubt; to mistrust; to distruct; as, to suspect the truth of a story.
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Doubt

To fill with fear; to affright.
The virtues of the valiant CaratachMore doubt me than all Britain.
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Suspect

To look up to; to respect.
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Doubt

A fluctuation of mind arising from defect of knowledge or evidence; uncertainty of judgment or mind; unsettled state of opinion concerning the reality of an event, or the truth of an assertion, etc.; hesitation.
Doubt is the beginning and the end of our efforts to know.
Doubt, in order to be operative in requiring an acquittal, is not the want of perfect certainty (which can never exist in any question of fact) but a defect of proof preventing a reasonable assurance of quilt.
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Suspect

To imagine guilt; to have a suspicion or suspicions; to be suspicious.
If I suspect without cause, why then make sport at me.
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Doubt

Uncertainty of condition.
Thy life shall hang in doubt before thee.
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Suspect

Someone who is under suspicion
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Doubt

Suspicion; fear; apprehension; dread.
I stand in doubt of you.
Nor slack her threatful hand for danger's doubt.
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Suspect

A person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
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Doubt

Difficulty expressed or urged for solution; point unsettled; objection.
To every doubt your answer is the same.
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Suspect

Imagine to be the case or true or probable;
I suspect he is a fugitive
I surmised that the butler did it
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Doubt

The state of being unsure of something
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Suspect

Regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
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Doubt

Uncertainty about the truth or factuality of existence of something;
The dubiousness of his claim
There is no question about the validity of the enterprise
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Suspect

Hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty;
The U.S. suspected Bin Laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks
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Doubt

Consider unlikely or have doubts about;
I doubt that she will accept his proposal of marriage
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Suspect

Not as expected;
There was something fishy about the accident
Up to some funny business
Some definitely queer goings-on
A shady deal
Her motives were suspect
Suspicious behavior
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Doubt

Lack confidence in or have doubts about;
I doubt these reports
I suspect her true motives
She distrusts her stepmother
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Suspect

Have an idea or impression of the existence.
She suspects foul play in this deal.
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Doubt

Feel uncertain or lack confidence in.
He doubts himself too often.
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Suspect

View with distrust.
He's always suspected strangers.
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Doubt

Disbelieve or distrust.
He doubts any news without sources.
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Oct 03, 2023

FAQs

Is "Suspect" always used in negative contexts?

No, it can be neutral, like suspecting good news.
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Is "Suspect" also a noun?

Yes, referring to someone believed to have committed a crime.
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Does "Doubt" always indicate disbelief?

No, sometimes it's just uncertainty.
Harlon Moss
Oct 03, 2023

Can "Doubt" be used as a noun?

Yes, e.g., "I have my doubts about this."
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Oct 03, 2023

Can "Suspect" and "Doubt" be used interchangeably?

Not always, they have nuanced differences.
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Oct 03, 2023

Is "Doubt" always used in questions?

No, it can be used in statements too.
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Oct 03, 2023

Can "Suspect" refer to intuition?

Yes, it can refer to a gut feeling.
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Does "Doubt" always indicate a lack of evidence?

Not always; one can doubt even with evidence.
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Is it correct to say "I suspect so"?

Yes, it means "I believe it's likely."
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Oct 03, 2023

How is "Suspect" different from "Assume"?

"Suspect" leans towards belief without evidence; "Assume" takes it as true without proof.
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What's a synonym for "Doubt"?

Skepticism.
Sara Rehman
Oct 03, 2023

Is "Suspect" always about people?

No, it can be about situations, outcomes, etc.
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Oct 03, 2023

Can "Doubt" express a strong disbelief?

Yes, e.g., "I highly doubt that."
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Is "Doubt" the opposite of "Believe"?

Not directly, but they're on opposite ends of the certainty spectrum.
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Is there a phrase using "Doubt" to indicate certainty?

Yes, "Without a doubt" means with complete certainty.
Janet White
Oct 03, 2023

Can "Suspect" be used in a positive way?

Yes, e.g., "I suspect he's planning a surprise."
Harlon Moss
Oct 03, 2023

Is a "Suspect" always guilty?

No, a suspect is someone believed to be involved, not proven guilty.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 03, 2023

Can you use "Doubt" in a question?

Yes, e.g., "Do you doubt me?"
Harlon Moss
Oct 03, 2023

Can "Suspect" indicate a slight belief?

Yes, it can indicate a hunch or leaning towards a belief.
Harlon Moss
Oct 03, 2023

Can "Suspect" indicate distrust?

Yes, e.g., "I suspect his motives."
Janet White
Oct 03, 2023
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