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dubious

[doo-bee-uh s, dyoo-] /ˈdu bi əs, ˈdyu-/
adjective
1.
doubtful; marked by or occasioning doubt:
a dubious reply.
2.
of doubtful quality or propriety; questionable:
a dubious compliment; a dubious transaction.
3.
of uncertain outcome:
in dubious battle.
4.
wavering or hesitating in opinion; inclined to doubt.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin dubius; see -ous
Related forms
dubiously, adverb
dubiousness, noun
superdubious, adjective
superdubiously, adverb
superdubiousness, noun
undubious, adjective
undubiously, adverb
undubiousness, noun
Synonyms
1. equivocal, ambiguous, obscure, unclear. 4. undecided, uncertain, hesitant, fluctuating. See doubtful.
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Examples for dubiously
  • As you dubiously contemplate your bulging midsection, such a pronouncement may seem a bit sweeping.
  • Many government contracts are still awarded dubiously.
  • The sergeant looks at them dubiously and then takes the box.
  • They dubiously presume that each piece of software pirated equals a direct loss of revenue to software firms.
  • And acting as a spoiler is dubiously effective at achieving one's goals.
  • It took a dubiously long while for the police to conclude their investigation.
  • She glanced dubiously at it, then lifted it closer to examine the smooth gray whorls on its side.
  • Needless to say, the good father regards him dubiously.
  • Vaughn smiled a little dubiously, and led her into the house.
British Dictionary definitions for dubiously

dubious

/ˈdjuːbɪəs/
adjective
1.
marked by or causing doubt a dubious reply
2.
unsettled in mind; uncertain; doubtful
3.
of doubtful quality; untrustworthy a dubious reputation
4.
not certain in outcome
Derived Forms
dubiously, adverb
dubiousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dubius wavering
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Word Origin and History for dubiously

dubious

adj.

1540s, from Latin dubiosus "doubtful," from dubium "doubt," neuter of dubius "vacillating, moving two ways, fluctuating;" figuratively "wavering in opinion, doubting, doubtful," from duo "two" (see two), with a sense of "of two minds, undecided between two things." Old English also used tweo "two" to mean "doubt." Cf. doubt (v.). Related: Dubiously; dubiousness.

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