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du•bi•ous(ˈdu bi əs, ˈdyu-)
doubtful dubious suspicious
If you feel doubtful about something, you are unsure about it or about whether it will happen or be successful.
If you are dubious about something, you are not sure whether it is the right thing to do.
If you describe something as dubious, you think it is not completely honest, safe, or reliable.
If you are suspicious of a person, you do not trust them and think they might be involved in something dishonest or illegal.
If you describe something as suspicious, it suggests behaviour that is dishonest, illegal, or dangerous.
|Adj.||1.||dubious - 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"|
|2.||dubious - 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|
questionable - subject to question; "questionable motives"; "a questionable reputation"; "a fire of questionable origin"
|3.||dubious - not convinced; "they admitted the force of my argument but remained dubious"|
unconvinced - lacking conviction; "I remain unconvinced"
suspect reliable, dependable, trustworthy
unsure sure, certain, positive, definite
to have the dubious honour/pleasure of doing sth → tener el dudoso honor/placer de hacer algo
that paté looks a bit dubious → ese paté tiene una pinta un poco sospechosa
of dubious benefit → de beneficios dudosos
of dubious origin → de origen dudoso
of dubious quality → de dudosa calidad
to be dubious → tener dudas or reservas
I was dubious at first, but he convinced me → al principio tenía mis dudas or reservas, pero él me convenció
I'm very dubious about it → tengo grandes dudas or reservas sobre ello
I am dubious that or whether the new law will achieve anything → tengo mis dudas or reservas sobre si la nueva ley va a lograr algo
he looked dubious → parecía tener dudas or reservas, parecía dudar
he sounded dubious → parecía tener dudas or reservas, parecía dudar
to be dubious about sth → avoir des doutes sur qch, ne pas être sûr(e) de qch
My parents were a bit dubious about it → Mes parents avaient quelques doutes à ce sujet.
I'm very dubious about it → J'ai des doutes sur la question., Je n'en suis pas sûr du tout.
to have the dubious honour of being ... → avoir le triste honneur d'être ...
to have the dubious distinction of being ... → avoir la triste distinction d'être ...
to have the dubious pleasure of seeing ... → avoir le privilège peu enviable de voir ...