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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dubious  \Du"bi*ous\,  a.  [L.  dubius,  dubiosus,  fr  duo  two  See 
  {Two},  and  cf  {Doubt}.] 
  1.  Doubtful  or  not  settled  in  opinion;  being  in  doubt; 
  wavering  or  fluctuating;  undetermined.  ``Dubious  policy.'' 
  --Sir  T.  Scott. 
 
  A  dubious,  agitated  state  of  mind.  --Thackeray. 
 
  2.  Occasioning  doubt;  not  clear,  or  obvious;  equivocal; 
  questionable;  doubtful;  as  a  dubious  answer. 
 
  Wiping  the  dingy  shirt  with  a  still  more  dubious 
  pocket  handkerchief.  --Thackeray. 
 
  3.  Of  uncertain  event  or  issue;  as  in  dubious  battle. 
 
  Syn:  Doubtful;  doubting;  unsettled;  undetermined;  equivocal; 
  uncertain.  Cf  {Doubtful}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dubious 
  adj  1:  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" 
  [syn:  {doubtful}] 
  2:  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  [syn:  {doubtful}, 
  {dubitable},  {in  question(p)}] 
  3:  not  convinced;  "they  admitted  the  force  of  my  argument  but 
  remained  dubious" 




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