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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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British Dictionary definitions for dubiousness

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 dubiousness

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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