dubious

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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
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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dubious
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (uncertain)
a.
to be dubious (about something)no estar convencido(a; de algo)
2. (suspect, questionable; distinction, honor)
a. dudoso(a)
a dubious characterun tipo sospechoso
dubious [ˈdjuːbɪəs]
adjective
1 (questionable) [+reputation, claim, privilege, taste] dudoso; [+person, character, motives] sospechoso; [+company, offer] poco fiable; [+business deal, practice] sospechoso; turbio; [+idea, measure] discutible; [+compliment] equívoco
to have the dubious honour/pleasure of doing sth tener el dudoso honor/placer de hacer algo; that pâté looks a bit dubious ese paté tiene una pinta un poco sospechosa
of dubious benefit de beneficios dudosos
of dubious origin de origen dudoso
of dubious quality de dudosa calidad
2 (unsure) [+look, smile] indeciso
to be dubious tener dudas or reservas; I was dubious at first, but he convinced me al principio tenía mis dudas or reservas, pero él me convenció; I'm very dubious about it tengo grandes dudas or reservas sobre ello; I am dubious that or whether the new law will achieve anything tengo mis dudas or reservas sobre si la nueva ley va a lograr algo
he looked dubious parecía tener dudas or reservas; parecía dudar
Reg looked dubious. I doubt if he believed me
he sounded dubious parecía tener dudas or reservas; parecía dudar
"Do you really think he'll come?" Lucille sounded dubious
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