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dubito (plural dubiti)

  1. doubt

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  • IPA(key): /ˈ, [ˈd̪uːbit̪o]
  • Rhymes: -ubito
  • Stress: dùbito
  • Hyphenation: du‧bi‧to

Etymology 1Edit

Back-formation from dubitare (to doubt).


dubito m (plural dubiti) (archaic, literary)

  1. doubt
    Synonym: dubbio

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Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.



  1. first-person singular present indicative of dubitare



Three hypotheses:

  • From *duhibitō, frequentative of *duhibeo, from *duohabeo, from duo + habeō.[1]
  • From dubius (indecisive, undecided, hesitating).[2]
  • Frequentative of *dubō, from the adjective *dubos/dubus. [3]



dubitō (present infinitive dubitāre, perfect active dubitāvī, supine dubitātum); first conjugation

  1. I waver (in opinion), am uncertain, doubt, question, am in doubt
  2. I waver (in coming to a decision), hesitate, delay
  3. I reflect upon, ponder, consider, deliberate


   Conjugation of dubito (first conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dubitō dubitās dubitat dubitāmus dubitātis dubitant
imperfect dubitābam dubitābās dubitābat dubitābāmus dubitābātis dubitābant
future dubitābō dubitābis dubitābit dubitābimus dubitābitis dubitābunt
perfect dubitāvī dubitāvistī, dubitāsti1 dubitāvit dubitāvimus dubitāvistis, dubitāstis1 dubitāvērunt, dubitāvēre
pluperfect dubitāveram dubitāverās dubitāverat dubitāverāmus dubitāverātis dubitāverant
future perfect dubitāverō dubitāveris dubitāverit dubitāverimus dubitāveritis dubitāverint
passive present dubitor dubitāris, dubitāre dubitātur dubitāmur dubitāminī dubitantur
imperfect dubitābar dubitābāris, dubitābāre dubitābātur dubitābāmur dubitābāminī dubitābantur
future dubitābor dubitāberis, dubitābere dubitābitur dubitābimur dubitābiminī dubitābuntur
perfect dubitātus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect dubitātus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect dubitātus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dubitem dubitēs dubitet dubitēmus dubitētis dubitent
imperfect dubitārem dubitārēs dubitāret dubitārēmus dubitārētis dubitārent
perfect dubitāverim dubitāverīs dubitāverit dubitāverimus dubitāveritis dubitāverint
pluperfect dubitāvissem, dubitāssem1 dubitāvissēs, dubitāsses1 dubitāvisset, dubitāsset1 dubitāvissēmus, dubitāssemus1 dubitāvissētis, dubitāssetis1 dubitāvissent, dubitāssent1
passive present dubiter dubitēris, dubitēre dubitētur dubitēmur dubitēminī dubitentur
imperfect dubitārer dubitārēris, dubitārēre dubitārētur dubitārēmur dubitārēminī dubitārentur
perfect dubitātus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect dubitātus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dubitā dubitāte
future dubitātō dubitātō dubitātōte dubitantō
passive present dubitāre dubitāminī
future dubitātor dubitātor dubitantor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives dubitāre dubitāvisse, dubitāsse1 dubitātūrus esse dubitārī dubitātus esse dubitātum īrī
participles dubitāns dubitātūrus dubitātus dubitandus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
dubitāre dubitandī dubitandō dubitandum dubitātum dubitātū

1At least one rare poetic syncopated perfect form is attested.

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  1. ^ dubito in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  2. ^ “dubitare” in: Alberto Nocentini, Alessandro Parenti, “l'Etimologico — Vocabolario della lingua italiana”, Le Monnier, 2010, →ISBN
  3. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill