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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]


Fraught with uncertainty or doubt


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


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

Sense 2dubious [BACK TO TOP]


Open to doubt or suspicion


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


questionable (subject to question)

Sense 3dubious [BACK TO TOP]


Not convinced

Context example:

they admitted the force of my argument but remained dubious


unconvinced (lacking conviction)

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