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no doubt

a transitional or interpretative phrase strengthening the rest of a previous sentence. Sue: Mary is giving this party for herself? Rachel: Yes. She'll expect us to bring gifts, no doubt. Mary: All this talk about war has my cousin very worried. Sue: No doubt. At his age, I don't wonder.
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no doubt

1. certainly No doubt you have already heard about the terrible storm we just had, but did you know it blew down the steeple of the old church?
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form without (a) doubt, with the same meaning: Without doubt, he is the funniest man I know.
2. probably The schools should no doubt spend twice as much on teachers as they do now.
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no doubt

1. Probably, most likely, as in No doubt you've heard the news about Mother. [Early 1300s]
2. Also, without doubt or a doubt . Certainly, without question, as in He's guilty, no doubt, but he doesn't deserve such a long sentence, or That basketball player is without doubt the tallest man I've ever seen. [Early 1300s] Also see beyond a doubt.
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no doubt

1. Certainly.
2. Probably.
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References in classic literature ?
Ere long, however, there rose obscurely on her mind a doubt which perplexed and distressed her.
I should not have a doubt of it were she slighted for any other woman in the world than her own mother.
You expressed a hope; but the hope implies a doubt.
This Christmas-time being come, and Agnes having reposed no new confidence in me, a doubt that had several times arisen in my mind - whether she could have that perception of the true state of my breast, which restrained her with the apprehension of giving me pain - began to oppress me heavily.
Whenever that undecided Prince had to ask a question or state a doubt, the public helped him out with it.
Swing bowler Hoggard, 29, is now a doubt for Thursday's first Test against Pakistan.
You'll find out, without a shadow of a doubt, who's worthy of having in your world.