- 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 dubiousness
Another reason might have been the dubiousness with which the tactics of the so-called New Journalism were viewed.Charles Portis, a Journalist With True Grit
September 25, 2012
In a few words he told her of his despair and of the dubiousness of his position.Cleo The Magnificent
Diogenes eyed her with a dubiousness that soon became certainty.The Proud Prince
Justin Huntly McCarthy
This time she was sure that no dubiousness lurked beneath his tone.A Veldt Official
Mr. Bennett contemplated him with just a tinge of dubiousness in his look.Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
It is unnecessary to point out the dubiousness of this theory!South America
W. H. Koebel
- 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 dubiousness
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.