- doubtful; marked by or occasioning doubt: a dubious reply.
- of doubtful quality or propriety; questionable: a dubious compliment; a dubious transaction.
- of uncertain outcome: in dubious battle.
- wavering or hesitating in opinion; inclined to doubt.
Origin of dubious
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Examples from the Web for dubiously
The arts world is fuming over Obama's dubiously qualified "arts czar," and a humanities appointee who lacks a college degree.Obama Stiffs the Arts
Judith H. Dobrzynski
March 25, 2009
"Yes," he said dubiously, glancing at the bed and the table and the ricketty washstand.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
He indicates an imaginary abyss, which Jem stares at dubiously.
But this self-sacrificing proposal was dubiously received by both the ladies.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
"But maybe we'd better not do too much of that," said Jeter dubiously.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
"But he nearly succeeded to-night," mumbled McGuire dubiously.The Vagrant Duke
- marked by or causing doubta dubious reply
- unsettled in mind; uncertain; doubtful
- of doubtful quality; untrustworthya dubious reputation
- not certain in outcome
Word Origin and History for dubiously
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.