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. [1913 Webster]

A dubious, agitated state of mind. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

2. Occasioning doubt; not clear, or obvious; equivocal; questionable; doubtful; as, a dubious answer. [1913 Webster]

Wiping the dingy shirt with a still more dubious pocket handkerchief. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

3. Of uncertain event or issue; as, in dubious battle.

Syn: Doubtful; doubting; unsettled; undetermined; equivocal; uncertain. Cf. {Doubtful}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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