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dubious (adj) questionable; causing doubts (about honesty, etc.).

When you are dubious about a certain plan, you doubt whether it is good or bad, whether it is going to yield results or not. When you are dubious about the success of a scheme, you are not sure of its success. Dubious methods make you doubt whether the methods are entirely honest. A company adopts dubious methods, if it follows methods which may not be strictly legal. A dubious distinction is a reputation for a not so desirable thing. 'The player has the dubious distinction for scoring the most zeroes in cricket. This means he has the reputation for scoring the most zeroes, which is not at all desirable.

  • The instant prosperity of the company makes one suspect if it has come up the honest way or by adopting dubious methods.
  • Herman is certainly not known for a sincere worker. On the contrary, he has the dubious distinction of having been fired from a number of jobs after very short tenures.
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