1) (doubtful: I am dubious about the wisdom of this action.) dudoso
2) (probably not honest: dubious behaviour.) sospechoso
- dubiousness
1 (questionable, suspect - morals, activities, origin) dudoso,-a, sospechoso,-a; (past, record) turbio,-a; (compliment) ambiguo,-a, equívoco,-a; (character) sospechoso,-a
2 (unsure) dudoso,-a, indeciso,-a
to be dubious about something tener dudas sobre algo, tener reservas sobre algo
dubious ['du:biəs, 'dju:-] adj
1) uncertain: dudoso, indeciso
2) questionable: sospechoso, dudoso, discutible
dubitativo, -a adj.
dudoso, -a adj.
turbio, -a adj.
'duːbiəs, 'djuːbiəs
a) (questionable) <honor/achievement> dudoso, discutible; <past> turbio; <motives/person> sospechoso

he seems a rather dubious character to me — no me parece una persona de fiar

b) (doubtful)

to be dubious (ABOUT something/somebody) — tener* reservas or dudas (sobre or acerca de algo/alguien)

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

he sounded dubious — parecía tener dudas or reservas, parecía dudar

* * *
['duːbiəs, 'djuːbiəs]
a) (questionable) <honor/achievement> dudoso, discutible; <past> turbio; <motives/person> sospechoso

he seems a rather dubious character to me — no me parece una persona de fiar

b) (doubtful)

to be dubious (ABOUT something/somebody) — tener* reservas or dudas (sobre or acerca de algo/alguien)

English-spanish dictionary. 2013.

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  • dubious — I adjective ambiguous, anceps, arguable, chancy, conditional, confusing, confutable, contestable, contingent, controversial, controvertible, debatable, dependent, disputable, doubtful, dubitative, dubius, equivocal, fallible, hazy, in dispute, in …   Law dictionary

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