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)adjective
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.
Etymology: From dubius.
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.
Etymology: 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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dū′bi-us, adj. doubtful: undetermined: causing doubt: of uncertain event or issue.—adv. Dū′biously.—ns. Dū′biousness, Dubī′ety, Dubios′ity, doubtfulness. [L. dubius.]
The numerical value of dubious in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of dubious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
There is only one way to read it and that is that Trump administration has wedded itself to a regime-change strategy to Iran, one that is likely to alienate our allies. One with dubious prospects for success.
It was inappropriate, it was improper for the president to request - to demand - an investigation into a political opponent, especially (from) a foreign power where there is at best dubious belief that this would be a completely impartial investigation and that this would have significant implications if it became public knowledge.
Because we’re doing something good for the world, we should also do it for free -- that’s the strange perception of the world, if you’re doing something good for the world, you shouldn’t make money on it. Just like directors of NGOs or charities; they shouldn’t make money. But tomorrow if I designed an app that gave you funny eyebrows and it went crazy and everyone was sharing it and I made a billion dollars on an app that gave you a funny-looking face, everyone would pat me on the back and say congrats. But if you’re doing something incredible, people are dubious.
If you do not know the donor and you do not know who the money is given to, where is the transparency? Dubious donations are now legitimised.
Across media platforms, “Typhoid Mary” is still casually applied to contemporary menaces of public health, ignoring the ethically dubious practice of blaming healthy carriers and Mary Mallon’s persecution as a poor immigrant at the turn of the 20th century.
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- مشكوك فيهArabic
- tvivlrådig, tvivlende, tvivlsom, usikkerDanish
- unsicher, ominös, dubios, fragwürdigGerman
- αμφίβολος, αναποφάσιστος, αβέβαιος, ύποπτος, αμφιλεγόμενοςGreek
- avieso, torvo, ambiguo, aleatorio, equívoco, turbio, dudosoSpanish
- kyseenalainen, epävarma, epäilevä, arveluttava, epäilyttävä, epäluuloinenFinnish
- aléatoire, douteux, torve, louche, ambigu, équivoqueFrench
- dubbio, torvo, equivoco, bieco, losco, ambiguoItalian
- usikker, tvilrådig, tvilsomNorwegian
- nieprzekonany, niepewnyPolish
- колеблющийся, сомневающийся, сомнительныйRussian
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