To save this word, you'll need to log in. 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.
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Join our early testers! See how your sentence looks with different synonyms. Synonyms for dubious arguable debatable equivocal fishy hesitant improbable problematic questionable reluctant shady skeptical suspicious uncertain unclear unconvinced unreliable unsure chancy diffident disputable dubitable far-fetched fly-by-night iffy indecisive moot mootable open perplexed suspect touch and go trustless unassured undecided undependable unlikely untrustworthy untrusty wavering TRY dubious IN A SENTENCE BELOW. Antonyms for dubious aboveboard believable certain clear definite determined honest indubious likely probable secure sure trustworthy undoubted unquestionable doubtless positive reliable trusty unambiguous undoubtful unobscure MOST RELEVANT. Better that he had been still silent, than speak that dubious, indecisive "Y—es. Cruncher was soothed, but shook his head in a dubious and moral way. They liked him, but they were dubious of his right to represent the Tory spirit.
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Domestically, the prime minister maintains the dubious line that he is the only man who can keep the still-fragile peace. We kindly inform these little jokers with the dubious jokes that they risk judicial proceedings they may not find funny at all. The Louisiana university has turned into a nanny state, issuing a campus smoking ban of dubious legality. The British detectives have since interviewed countless witnesses and cleared a number of dubious suspects in the case. He gave a dubious response; George could win his recognition as king by extirpating heresy, and he promised to send legates.
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