Definition of Dubious

1. Adjective. Fraught with uncertainty or doubt. "Dubious about agreeing to go"

Exact synonyms: Doubtful
Similar to: Incertain, Uncertain, Unsure
Derivative terms: Doubtfulness, Dubiousness



2. Adjective. Open to doubt or suspicion. "It was more than dubitable whether the friend was as influential as she thought"
Exact synonyms: Doubtful, Dubitable, In Question
Similar to: Questionable
Derivative terms: Doubtfulness, Dubiousness

3. Adjective. Not convinced. "They admitted the force of my argument but remained dubious"
Similar to: Unconvinced
Derivative terms: Dubiousness

Definition of Dubious

1. a. Doubtful or not settled in opinion; being in doubt; wavering or fluctuating; undetermined.

Definition of Dubious

1. Adjective. Arousing doubt; questionable; open to suspicion. ¹

2. Adjective. In disbelief; wavering, uncertain, or hesitating in opinion; inclined to doubt; undecided. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dubious

1. doubtful [adj] - See also: doubtful

Medical Definition of Dubious

1. 1. Doubtful or not settled in opinion; being in doubt; wavering or fluctuating; undetermined. "Dubious policy." "A dubious, agitated state of mind." 2. Occasioning doubt; not clear, or obvious; equivocal; questionable; doubtful; as, a dubious answer. "Wiping the dingy shirt with a still more dubious pocket handkerchief." (Thackeray) 3. Of uncertain event or issue; as, in dubious battle. Synonym: Doubtful, doubting, unsettled, undetermined, equivocal, uncertain. Cf. Doubtful. Origin: L. Dubius, dubiosus, fr. Duo two. See Two, and cf. Doubt. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dubious

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dubious (current term)
dubious honor
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Literary usage of Dubious

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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"We are dubious about this distinction. dubious has been used—even by writers of ... Mr. Cruncher was soothed, but shook his head in a dubious and moral way ..."

2. English Synonymes Explained: In Alphabetical Order ; with Copious by George Crabb (1883)
"In doubtful cuses it is advisable for a judge to lean to the side of mercy; while the issue of a contest is dubious, all judgment of the parties, ..."

3. Sons and Lovers by David Herbert Lawrence (1922)
"the dubious lingo of psychoanalysis. I doubt, however, if without that muddled pseudo-science (muddled be- e| cause the facts are muddled) Mr. Lawrence's ..."

4. The Pursuits of Literature: A Satirical Poem in Four Dialogues, with Notes by Thomas James Mathias (1801)
"Journals of the dubious Moore, (m) We scent the tainted gale from ... Jones I have no conjecture; and Jasper Wilson I believe is still dubious: though the ..."

5. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1920)
""ISN'T Arthur Symons' dictum that 'Madame Bovary' cannot be translated rather a sweeping and dubious statement?" Alfred A. Knopf asked Burton Rascoe, ..."

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