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Adverbs, adverbial phrases, or devices of any sort that are used to add force or emphasis to the meaning are called "intensifiers." I wonder if there is a name for phrases that caste some doubt on the accuracy of a given statement, or lessen its force. Anything that gives that effect of "take what I am saying (or what's being said) with a grain of salt"

The examples I have in mind are: "I guess", "I think," "methinketh," ect. when used at the end of a sentence.

Thank you

P.S: I should add that I know the phrases "speech fillers" or "speech disfluency." They do not capture the sense I have explained above, because they usually result from too much thinking during speech, an uneasy flow of ideas, lack of confidence or lack of fluency. And this is not quite what I am looking for.

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    Technically, the opposite of an intensifier is a qualifier, which is used to downplay something to an extent. Both intensifiers and qualifiers are known as modifiers. – Adam Sep 22 '15 at 4:27
  • These are hedges. But notice that 'intensifiers' usually emphasise the fact (My hands are really cold), not the conviction that the statement is true (My hands are cold ... really! ) – Edwin Ashworth Mar 6 '17 at 22:34
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I'm almost 100 percent sure the word you're looking for is uncertainty.

As I stated in my original comment above, the opposite of an intensifier is a qualifier, which is used to downplay something to an extent. Both intensifiers and qualifiers are known as modifiers. What you are looking for is most definitely a type of qualifier, but this term is still a little too vague for your needs.

Uncertainties, though, are a very specific type of qualifier in that they express some level of doubt in an idea. Commonly used uncertainties usually express only a small amount of doubt.

Example:
I'm almost 100 percent sure the word you're looking for is uncertainty.

Recognize this sentence? I used the word almost here because I have a tiny bit of doubt in my answer (read: very tiny). Other uncertainties people commonly use are possibly, maybe, seems, and might/may.

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