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DUBIOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dubious mean? 

DUBIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective DUBIOUS has 3 senses:

1. fraught with uncertainty or doubt
2. open to doubt or suspicion
3. not convinced

  Familiarity information: DUBIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DUBIOUS (adjective)


Sense 1dubious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fraught with uncertainty or doubt

Synonyms:

dubious; doubtful

Context examples:

they were doubtful that the cord would hold / it was doubtful whether she would be admitted / dubious about agreeing to go

Similar:

incertain; uncertain; unsure (lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance)


Sense 2dubious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Open to doubt or suspicion

Synonyms:

doubtful; dubitable; dubious; in question

Context examples:

the candidate's doubtful past / he has a dubious record indeed / what one found uncertain the other found dubious or downright false / it was more than dubitable whether the friend was as influential as she thought

Similar:

questionable (subject to question)


Sense 3dubious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not convinced

Context example:

they admitted the force of my argument but remained dubious

Similar:

unconvinced (lacking conviction)


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