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Synonyms for dubious
ˈdu bi əs, ˈdyu-du·bi·ous

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. dubious

    Equivocal (Latin equus, equal, and vox, voice, word) denotes that which may equally well be understood in either of two or more ways. Ambiguous (Latin ambi, around, and ago, drive, lead) signifies lacking in distinctness or certainty, obscure or doubtful through indefiniteness of expression. Ambiguous is applied only to spoken or written statements; equivocal has other applications. A statement is ambiguous when it leaves the mind of the reader or hearer to fluctuate between two meanings, which would fit the language equally well; it is equivocal when it would naturally be understood in one way, but is capable of a different interpretation; an equivocal expression is, as a rule, intentionally deceptive, while an ambiguous utterance may be simply the result of a want either of clear thought or of adequate expression. That which is enigmatical must be guessed like a riddle; a statement may be purposely made enigmatical in order to provoke thought and study. That is doubtful which is fairly open to doubt; that is dubious which has become the subject of doubts so grave as scarcely to fall short of condemnation; as, a dubious reputation. Questionable may be used nearly in the sense either of dubious or of doubtful; a questionable statement is one that must be proved before it can be accepted. To say that one's honesty is questionable is a mild way of saying that in the opinion of the speaker he is likely to prove dishonest. Equivocal is sometimes, tho more rarely, used in this sense. A suspicious character gives manifest reason to be suspected; a suspicious temper is inclined to suspect the motives and intentions of others, with or without reason. Compare CLEAR.

    Synonyms:
    ambiguous, doubtful, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocal, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, obscure, perplexing, questionable, suspicious, uncertain

    Antonyms:
    certain, clear, distinct, evident, indisputable, indubitable, lucid, manifest, obvious, perspicuous, plain, unambiguous, unequivocal, unquestionable, unquestioned

Princeton's WordNet

  1. doubtful, dubiousadjective

    fraught with uncertainty or doubt

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

    Synonyms:
    tentative, in question(p), doubtful, dubitable

    Antonyms:
    certain(p), sure, unquestionable, convinced

  2. doubtful, dubious, dubitable, in question(p)adjective

    open to doubt or suspicion

    "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"- Karen Horney

    Antonyms:
    sure, unquestionable, convinced, certain(p)

  3. dubiousadjective

    not convinced

    "they admitted the force of my argument but remained dubious"

    Synonyms:
    doubtful, in question(p), dubitable

    Antonyms:
    convinced, sure, certain(p), unquestionable

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. dubiousadjective

    Synonyms:
    uncertain, doubtful, equivocal, ambiguous, not plain, not clear

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. dubiousadjective

    Synonyms:
    undetermined, undecided, doubtful, equivocal, questionable, vague

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. dubious

    Synonyms:
    Unproven, see there

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How to use dubious in a sentence?

  1. United States:

    We really want to urge everyone to avoid dubious sources of information and stick with trusted sources like their state health departments or the United States Maine CDC, we're in a situation where fear and misinformation can spread more quickly than this virus.

  2. Jagdeep Chhokar:

    If you do not know the donor and you do not know who the money is given to, where is the transparency? Dubious donations are now legitimised.

  3. Katherine Foss:

    Across media platforms, “Typhoid Mary” is still casually applied to contemporary menaces of public health, ignoring the ethically dubious practice of blaming healthy carriers and Mary Mallon’s persecution as a poor immigrant at the turn of the 20th century.

  4. Robert Sheaffer:

    So, according to Masters, you just spin something fast enough and it will begin to warp space, and even send stuff backwards in time. This is a highly dubious claim.

  5. Jesse Hunt:

    Democratic voters have shown that they are certainly energized in a lot of these special elections, but as it pertains to Montana you have a strong candidate in Greg Gianforte who has a strong message that appeals to a broad swath of Montana voters contrasted with a liberal musician with a dubious financial past.


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  • مشكوك فيهArabic
  • tvivlrådig, usikker, tvivlsom, tvivlendeDanish
  • dubios, ominös, unsicher, fragwürdigGerman
  • αμφίβολος, ύποπτος, αμφιλεγόμενος, αβέβαιος, αναποφάσιστοςGreek
  • turbio, dudoso, ambiguo, equívoco, avieso, torvo, aleatorioSpanish
  • مشکوکPersian
  • kyseenalainen, epävarma, epäilyttävä, epäluuloinen, epäilevä, arveluttavaFinnish
  • torve, douteux, aléatoire, ambigu, équivoque, loucheFrench
  • संदिग्धHindi
  • կասկածելիArmenian
  • equivoco, losco, ambiguo, bieco, dubbio, torvoItalian
  • 疑わしいJapanese
  • dubieusDutch
  • tvilsom, tvilrådig, usikkerNorwegian
  • niepewny, nieprzekonanyPolish
  • dubiosRomanian
  • сомневающийся, колеблющийся, сомнительныйRussian
  • tvivelaktigSwedish
  • సందేహాస్పదమైనదిTelugu
  • şüpheliTurkish

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