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"doubtful" in British English

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doubtfuladjective

uk   us   /ˈdaʊt.fəl/
B2 If you are doubtful about something, you are ​uncertain about it: The ​teacher is doubtful about havingparentsworking as ​classroomassistants.B2 If a ​situation is doubtful, it is ​unlikely to ​happen or to be ​successful: It is doubtful whether/if they ​everreached the ​summit before they ​died. It was doubtful that the ​money would ​ever be ​found again.

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doubtfully
adverb uk   us   /-i/
"Are you ​telling me the ​truth?" he ​asked doubtfully.
(Definition of doubtful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"doubtful" in American English

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doubtfuladjective

 us   /ˈdɑʊt·fəl/
uncertain or ​unlikely: [+ (that) clause] It was doubtful (that) the ​money would ​ever be ​found. She gave me a ​long, doubtful ​look (= ​lookfull of ​doubt) and told me to ​wait.
(Definition of doubtful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"doubtful" in Business English

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doubtfuladjective

uk   us   /ˈdaʊtfəl/ ACCOUNTING
used to describe ​debts or ​accounts that are unlikely to be ​paid: The Company has ​established an allowance for doubtful ​accountsbased on the ​creditrisk of ​specificcustomers and ​historicaltrends.
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(Definition of doubtful from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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