1 a : of doubtful promise or outcome
b : questionable or suspect as to true nature or quality
2 : unsettled in opinion : doubtful
Did You Know?
Dubious derives from the Latin verb dubare, meaning "to hesitate in choice of opinions or courses," and it is related to the Latin word for "two": duo. Dubious can be used to indicate uncertainty about the result of an action or the truth of a statement as well as about the uncertainty of a person and his or her character. In either case, it usually implies a feeling of doubt from suspicion, mistrust, or hesitation.
Jesse made the dubious claim that he could eat a whole watermelon in one sitting; then we sat in awe and watched him do it.
"'Can you work with what I have?' he asked, sounding dubious. 'Absolutely!' I said, though I was dubious, too. I'd always staged houses with my own furnishings.'" - Marni Jameson, San Jose Mercury News (California), June 11, 2015
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