dubious

[ doo-bee-uhs, dyoo- ]
/ ˈdu bi əs, ˈdyu- /

adjective

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.

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Origin of dubious

1540–50; < Latin dubius; see -ous

synonym study for dubious

4. See doubtful.

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British Dictionary definitions for dubiousness

dubious
/ (ˈdjuːbɪəs) /

adjective

marked by or causing doubta dubious reply
unsettled in mind; uncertain; doubtful
of doubtful quality; untrustworthya dubious reputation
not certain in outcome

Derived forms of dubious

dubiously, adverbdubiousness, noun

Word Origin for dubious

C16: from Latin dubius wavering
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