dubious

Choose the adjective dubious for something you have doubts about or you suspect is not true. That bridge you just "bought" might be of dubious value.

Dubious stems from Latin dubiosus, "doubtful" or "uncertain," and contains the Latin root duo in this case meaning "of two minds." This is apparent in that dubious generally describes something that appears one way but is truly another. A dubious claim is probably not true, whereas a dubious website or character is of questionable quality. Dubious can also be synonymous with doubtful, as in "she was dubious about the idea."

Definitions of dubious
  1. adjective
    fraught with uncertainty or doubt
    dubious about agreeing to go”
    synonyms: doubtful
    incertain, uncertain, unsure
    lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance
  2. adjective
    open to doubt or suspicion
    “he has a dubious record indeed”
    “what one found uncertain the other found dubious or downright false”
    synonyms: doubtful, dubitable, in question
    questionable
    subject to question
  3. adjective
    not convinced
    “they admitted the force of my argument but remained dubious
    Synonyms:
    unconvinced
    lacking conviction
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