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"Wary" is an adjective which is often translated as "cauteloso", and "dubious" is an adjective which is often translated as "dudoso". Learn more about the difference between "wary" and "dubious" below.
wary
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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dubious
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (suspect)
a. dudoso
In her report, the surveyor mentioned the dubious quality of the repair work.En su informe, la perita hizo mención de la dudosa calidad de los arreglos.
b. sospechoso
I think Dave's motives for giving you this present may be dubious.Creo que las razones por las que Dave te dio este regalo pueden ser sospechosas.
c. turbio
There's a fascinating article in the paper about the dubious past of a politician I alway distrusted.Hay un artículo fascinante en el periódico sobre el turbio pasado de un político del que siempre desconfié.
d. discutible
Martin said I looked good for my age, which seems a rather dubious compliment to me.Martin me dijo que me veía bien para mi edad, lo que parece ser un halago bastante discutible.
2. (uncertain or doubtful)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Duncan looked dubious when I told him what I'd seen.Duncan pareció dudar cuando le dije lo que había visto.
My mother seemed somewhat dubious about my father's idea.Mi madre parecía tener algunas reservas sobre la idea de mi padre.
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