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 for Dubious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dubious \Du"bi*ous\, a. [L. dubius, dubiosus, fr. duo two. See
     Two, and cf. Doubt.]
     1. Doubtful or not settled in opinion; being in doubt;
        wavering or fluctuating; undetermined. "Dubious policy."
        --Sir T. Scott.
        [1913 Webster]
              A dubious, agitated state of mind. --Thackeray.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Occasioning doubt; not clear, or obvious; equivocal;
        questionable; doubtful; as, a dubious answer.
        [1913 Webster]
              Wiping the dingy shirt with a still more dubious
              pocket handkerchief.                  --Thackeray.
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     3. Of uncertain event or issue; as, in dubious battle.
     Syn: Doubtful; doubting; unsettled; undetermined; equivocal;
          uncertain. Cf. Doubtful.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: fraught with uncertainty or doubt; "they were doubtful
             that the cord would hold"; "it was doubtful whether she
             would be admitted"; "dubious about agreeing to go" [syn:
             doubtful, dubious]
      2: open to doubt or suspicion; "the candidate's doubtful past";
         "he has a dubious record indeed"; "what one found uncertain
         the other found dubious or downright false"; "it was more
         than dubitable whether the friend was as influential as she
         thought"- Karen Horney [syn: doubtful, dubious,
         dubitable, in question(p)]
      3: not convinced; "they admitted the force of my argument but
         remained dubious"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  177 Moby Thesaurus words for "dubious":
     Humean, Pyrrhonic, a bit thick, a bit thin, absurd, agnostic,
     ambitendent, ambivalent, amoral, arguable, at issue, at loose ends,
     beguiling, beyond belief, capricious, catchy, changeable,
     confutable, conjectural, conscienceless, contestable,
     controversial, controvertible, corrupt, corrupted, criminal,
     crooked, dark, debatable, deceiving, deceptive, delusive, delusory,
     deniable, devious, dishonest, dishonorable, disinclined,
     disputable, distrustful, double-minded, doubtable, doubtful,
     doubting, dubitable, equivocal, evasive, fallacious, false,
     felonious, fence-sitting, fence-straddling, fickle, fishy,
     fly-by-night, fraudulent, from Missouri, hallucinatory,
     hard of belief, hard to believe, hardly possible, hesitant, iffy,
     ill-got, ill-gotten, illusive, illusory, immoral, implausible,
     improbable, in dispute, in doubt, in dubio, in question,
     inconceivable, incredible, incredulous, indecisive, indirect,
     infirm of purpose, insecure, insidious, irresolute, irresolved,
     leery, mercurial, misleading, mistakable, mistrustful, mistrusting,
     moot, more than doubtful, mugwumpian, mugwumpish, mutable,
     not deserving belief, not kosher, of two minds, open,
     open to doubt, open to question, open to suspicion, passing belief,
     preposterous, problematic, questionable, questioning, refutable,
     reluctant, ridiculous, rocky, rotten, scrupulous, shady, shaky,
     shameless, shifty, shy, sinister, skeptic, skeptical, slippery,
     speculative, staggering belief, suppositional, suspect, suspecting,
     suspicious, tall, thick, thin, tottery, treacherous, trickish,
     tricksy, tricky, trustless, unbelievable, uncertain, unclear,
     unconscienced, unconscientious, unconscionable, unconvincing,
     undecided, undependable, underhand, underhanded, undetermined,
     unearthly, unethical, ungodly, unhealthy, unimaginable, unlikely,
     unpredictable, unprincipled, unpromising, unreliable, unresolved,
     unsafe, unsavory, unscrupulous, unsettled, unsound, unstable,
     unsteady, unstraightforward, unsure, unthinkable, untrusting,
     untrustworthy, untrusty, unworthy of belief, wary, without remorse,
     without shame

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