Definitions for dubiousˈdu bi əs, ˈdyu-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
du•bi•ous*ˈdu bi əs, ˈdyu-(adj.)
marked by or occasioning doubt; equivocal:
a dubious reply.
of doubtful quality or propriety; questionable:
a dubious compliment.
of uncertain outcome.
wavering in opinion; inclined to doubt; hesitant.
* Syn: See doubtful.
Origin of dubious:
1540–50; < L dubius; see -ous
fraught with uncertainty or doubt
"they were doubtful that the cord would hold"; "it was doubtful whether she would be admitted"; "dubious about agreeing to go"
doubtful, dubious, dubitable, in question(p)(adj)
open to doubt or suspicion
"the candidate's doubtful past"; "he has a dubious record indeed"; "what one found uncertain the other found dubious or downright false"; "it was more than dubitable whether the friend was as influential as she thought"- Karen Horney
"they admitted the force of my argument but remained dubious"
Arousing doubt; questionable; open to suspicion.
After he made some dubious claims about the company, fewer people trusted him.
In disbelief; wavering, uncertain, or hesitating in opinion; inclined to doubt; undecided.
She was dubious about my plan at first, but later I managed to persuade her to cooperate.
Origin: From dubius.
doubtful or not settled in opinion; being in doubt; wavering or fluctuating; undetermined
occasioning doubt; not clear, or obvious; equivocal; questionable; doubtful; as, a dubious answer
of uncertain event or issue; as, in dubious battle
Translations for dubious
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
I am dubious about the wisdom of this action.
- onseker, twyfelagtigAfrikaans
- شاكُّ، مُشْتَبِهArabic
- duvidosoPortuguese (BR)
- pochybující, nejistýCzech
- im ZweifelGerman
- αβέβαιος, αμφίβολοςGreek
- hésitant, incertainFrench
- अनिश्चित, संदेहजनकHindi
- bizonytalan, kétségesHungarian
- efins, hikandiIcelandic
- dubbioso, incertoItalian
- tvilende, i tvil, tvilsomNorwegian
- pełen wątpliwościPolish
- nesigur, scepticRomanian
- neistý, pochybnýSlovak
- 半信半疑的Chinese (Trad.)
- схильний до сумніву; той, що сумніваєтьсяUkrainian
- hoài nghiVietnamese
- 半信半疑的Chinese (Simp.)
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