doubtful

doubtful(
daut
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fuhl
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
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.
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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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doubtful
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (uncertain; person)
a. dubitativo(a)
2. (outcome)
a. incierto(a)
to be doubtful about somethingtener dudas acerca de algo
it is doubtful whether he will succeedes dudoso que tenga éxito
3. (questionable)
a. dudoso(a)
doubtful [ˈdaʊtfʊl]
adjective
1 (uncertain) [+result, success, future] incierto; dudoso
the organisation has a doubtful future
2 (unconvinced) [+expression] de duda
"all right then," he said in a doubtful tone —bueno, vale —dijo con un tono de duda en la voz; Jeremy nodded his head, but he still looked doubtful Jeremy asintió pero no parecía aún convencido; I'm a bit doubtful no estoy convencido del todo; to be doubtful that dudar que; he was doubtful that he would be able to lift it dudaba que pudiera levantarlo; I am doubtful whether we should accept the offer dudo si deberíamos aceptar la oferta o no; to be doubtful about sth tener dudas sobre algo
I am doubtful [of] his flying ability Segal is doubtful whether we're meant to take all this very seriously
3 (unlikely) dudoso
a reconciliation between the two sides seems doubtful una reconciliación entre las dos partes parece dudosa; it is doubtful that they will reach an agreement es dudoso or poco probable que lleguen a un acuerdo; it is doubtful that there will be any survivors se duda or es poco probable que haya sobrevivientes; for a moment it seemed doubtful that he would move at all por un momento pareció que no se iba a mover en absoluto; it is doubtful whether es poco probable que
it's doubtful whether he'll see the funny side of it
doubtful starter (Dep) participante (m) dudoso
It was doubtful if the company had ever been profitable since its establishment in 1972 It is doubtful, however, whether the Chairman would approve It is doubtful whether Tweed, even with his fluent French, passed for one of the locals Whether the authorities will allow inspection is highly doubtful
4 (questionable) [+taste, reputation, quality, value] dudoso
it looks a bit doubtful outside ... I hope it doesn't rain
in doubtful taste de dudoso gusto; the weather looks a bit doubtful el tiempo no parece muy estable
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