What does dubious mean?

Definitions for dubious
ˈdu bi əs, ˈdyu-du·bi·ous

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dubious.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. doubtful, dubiousadjective

    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"

  2. 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

  3. dubiousadjective

    not convinced

    "they admitted the force of my argument but remained dubious"

Wiktionary

  1. dubiousadjective

    Arousing doubt; questionable; open to suspicion.

    After he made some dubious claims about the company, fewer people trusted him.

    Etymology: From dubius.

  2. dubiousadjective

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dubiousadjective

    doubtful or not settled in opinion; being in doubt; wavering or fluctuating; undetermined

  2. Dubiousadjective

    occasioning doubt; not clear, or obvious; equivocal; questionable; doubtful; as, a dubious answer

  3. Dubiousadjective

    of uncertain event or issue; as, in dubious battle

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dubious

    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.]

How to pronounce dubious?

How to say dubious in sign language?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dubious in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dubious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of dubious in a Sentence

  1. Suzanne Maloney:

    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.

  2. Alexander Vindman:

    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.

  3. Judith Joan Walker:

    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.

  4. Jagdeep Chhokar:

    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.

  5. Katherine Foss:

    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.

Images & Illustrations of dubious

  1. dubiousdubiousdubiousdubiousdubious

Popularity rank by frequency of use

dubious#10000#23071#100000

Translations for dubious

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مشكوك فيهArabic
  • tvivlrådig, tvivlende, tvivlsom, usikkerDanish
  • unsicher, ominös, dubios, fragwürdigGerman
  • αμφίβολος, αναποφάσιστος, αβέβαιος, ύποπτος, αμφιλεγόμενοςGreek
  • avieso, torvo, ambiguo, aleatorio, equívoco, turbio, dudosoSpanish
  • مشکوکPersian
  • kyseenalainen, epävarma, epäilevä, arveluttava, epäilyttävä, epäluuloinenFinnish
  • aléatoire, douteux, torve, louche, ambigu, équivoqueFrench
  • संदिग्धHindi
  • կասկածելիArmenian
  • dubbio, torvo, equivoco, bieco, losco, ambiguoItalian
  • 疑わしいJapanese
  • dubieusDutch
  • usikker, tvilrådig, tvilsomNorwegian
  • nieprzekonany, niepewnyPolish
  • dubiosRomanian
  • колеблющийся, сомневающийся, сомнительныйRussian
  • tvivelaktigSwedish
  • సందేహాస్పదమైనదిTelugu
  • şüpheliTurkish

Get even more translations for dubious »

Translation

Find a translation for the dubious definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these dubious definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "dubious." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 21 Sep. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/dubious>.

    Are we missing a good definition for dubious? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
    • A. accident
    • B. disguise
    • C. model
    • D. directory

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for dubious: