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"Wary" is an adjective which is often translated as "cauteloso", and "doubtful" is an adjective which is often translated as "dudoso". Learn more about the difference between "wary" and "doubtful" below.
wary(
weh
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ri
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (cautious)
a. cauteloso
Even if everyone thought he was crazy, Leonard knew his wary attitude would save him some day.Aunque todos pensaran que estaba loco, Leonard sabía que su actitud cautelosa le salvaría la vida algún día.
You need to be wary if you go to that part of the city at night.Hay que ser cautelosos si van a esa zona de la ciudad por la noche.
b. precavido
The journalist could tell from the woman's wary reaction that she was not too eager to answer questions.La periodista supo, por la reacción precavida de la mujer, que no estaba muy dispuesta a contestar preguntas.
c. receloso (person)
Always wary of strangers walking by the house, Gerardo kept his taser next to the door.Siempre receloso de los desconocidos que pasaran por su casa, Gerardo guardaba su pistola Taser al lado de la puerta.
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doubtful(
daut
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fool
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (full of doubt)
a. dudoso
Liza looked doubtful, but opened her mouth to agree.Liza parecía dudosa, pero abrió la boca para decir que sí.
b. de duda
When Harold said he wanted to help her, Dalila looked at him with a doubtful expression.Cuando Harold le dijo que quería ayudarla, Dalila lo miró con una expresión de duda.
c. indeciso
David is doubtful about the courses he should take this semester.David está indeciso acerca de que cursos tomar este semestre.
d. dubitativo
The president was doubtful about the best course of action.El presidente estaba dubitativo sobre el mejor curso de acción.
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No one is doubtful about what really happened. We all saw the video.Nadie tiene dudas acerca de lo que realmente sucedió. Todos vimos el video.
Sarah is doubtful as to whether or not she'll get better before she goes back to school.Sarah duda que se alivie antes de volver a clases.
2. (uncertain)
a. incierto
The migrants fled violence and desolation only to face a doubtful future.Los migrantes huyeron de la violencia y la desolación sólo para enfrentar un futuro incierto.
b. dudoso
We have an arduous journey of doubtful outcome ahead of us.Tenemos un arduo viaje de resultados dudosos delante de nosotros.
3. (dubious)
a. dudoso
Holly was angered by her boyfriend's doubtful remarks about her mother.Holly se enojó por los comentarios dudosos de su novio acerca de su madre.
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