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"dubious" in British English

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dubiousadjective

uk   /ˈdjuː.bi.əs/  us   /ˈduː-/
C2 thought not to be ​completelytrue or not ​able to be ​trusted: These ​claims are dubious and not ​scientificallyproven. He has been ​associated with some dubious ​characters. Ruth Ellis has the dubious (= ​bad) distinction of being the last woman to be ​hanged in ​Britain.C2 feelingdoubt or not ​feelingcertain: I'm dubious about his ​promises to ​change his ​ways.

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dubiously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
(Definition of dubious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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dubiousadjective

 us   /ˈdu·bi·əs/
probably not ​true or not ​completelytrue; ​doubtful: The ​team had the dubious ​distinction of ​ranking 31st in the ​league. Dubious can also ​mean not to be ​trusted, or not ​completelymoral: a dubious ​character
(Definition of dubious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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