dubiousness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dubiousness uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something "the dubiousness of his claim","there is no question about the validity of the enterprise"
    • n dubiousness the state of being unsure of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dubiousness State of being dubious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dubiousness The state of being dubious, or inclined to doubt; doubtfulness.
    • n dubiousness Uncertainty; the quality of being difficult to determine, or open to doubt or question: as, the dubiousness of a problem.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dubiousness doubtfulness
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Quotations

  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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    “But just as delicate fare does not stop you from craving for saveloys, so tried and exquisite friendship does not take away your taste for something new and dubious.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dubius.

Usage

In literature:

But in this great moulding tradition of freedom there was one dubious and narrowing element.
"The Expansion of Europe" by Ramsay Muir
But, though the origin of polity is dubious, we are upon the terra firma of actual records when we speak of the preservation of polities.
"Physics and Politics, or, Thoughts on the application of the principles of "natural selection" and "inheritance" to political society" by Walter Bagehot
And if the next county is dubious, a remote county is untrustworthy.
"The English Constitution" by Walter Bagehot
Ersten was in the cutting room when Johnny again arrived at the store, and a clerk took his name up very dubiously.
"Five Thousand an Hour" by George Randolph Chester
I took it to the light and stared at the features dubiously.
"Vendetta" by Marie Corelli
Feet lose their dubious likeness to feet and might have paddled in a mason's mortar-trough.
"Under Fire" by Henri Barbusse
That unseen glance of his was cold and dubious.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
Be stupidly positive, rather than dubious at all.
"Sandra Belloni, Complete" by George Meredith
She overlooked his humble, his peculiarly dubious, birth.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
Are you dubious of that?
"The Tragic Comedians, Complete" by George Meredith
So that the plain sense of value insisted on more than one weighing of the gain in hand: a dubious measure.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
He corners the market by the dubious virtue of his reputation and size.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
With evil dubious smile O'Han presented herself.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Especially as regards medical education are they dubious as to conditions at this time.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
And the way Harry bloomed upon this background of dubious antiquity!
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
If anybody had felt dubious, he ought to have voted no.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
In 1618 he became dubious if he had not been too positive against Pyne's title.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
These statements may appear dubious at first sight, and contradictory to the evidence of our senses.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
Frau Hadebusch, virago that she could be when a dubious debtor failed to fulfil his obligations, stormed her way up the steps.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He glanced round at the pictures and statuettes and shook his head dubiously.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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In poetry:

"I cannot stay," she shudd'ring cried,
"While dubious hangs my fame.
Alas! forswear thy cruel pride,
And leave me not to shame.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
"You once were inclined to be fussy;
You turned at inferior rye;
You moped at a dubious vintage
And shrieked if the gin wasn't dry.
"Owed To Volstead" by Wallace Irwin
Pine trees that fractured the skyline
mongrels that yowled from the hill
negroes that caroled dark amber
wavered our dubious will...
"Paragraph" by Norman MacLeod
The moon, half-hid in si'very flakes,
Afar her dubious radiance shed,
Quivering on Katrine's distant lakes,
And resting on Benledi's head.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
But read her thought to speed the race,
And stars rush forth of blackest night:
You chill not at a cold embrace
To come, nor dread a dubious might.
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
The innocent word that sets remembrance trembling,
The dubious word that sets the scared heart beating . . .
The pendulum on the wall
Shakes down seconds . . . They laugh at time, dissembling;
Or coil for a victim and do not talk at all.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 09:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

Dubious moments in men's fashion from FD's 1980s past.
Business sector is dubious of Props 30, 38.
Five Big Dubious Claims in the VP Debate.
New Orleans Saints defense on pace for dubious mark.
Dubious Denver debate declarations.
Time Travel in 'Looper': Dubious , but Not for the Reason You Might Think.
PhD Stockbroker Fined And Suspended For Dubious Degree.
With 10 games left to play, the Sox have a shot at making some dubious history.
Massive Aerial Spraying Provides Dubious Safeguard against Equine Encephalitis.
Moreover, a 60% kill rate claim is extremely dubious because.
Democrats Unleashed Some ' Dubious Or Misleading Claims,' Fact Checkers Say.
'Possession' Owns the Weekend, 'Oogieloves' Sets Dubious Record.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet 's dubiously loyal old friends, are the two least significant characters to meet their unfortunate demise in Shakespeare's original story.
What other dubious claims on packages allow junk food to masquerade as health food.
Lesage rued the small number of times he tossed out dubious testimony by experts when you consider I was a judge for 29 years.
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In science:

IP Peg is one of the few ob jects that does not rely on the dubious method of using the accretion disc lines to determine the white dwarf radial velocity, and so should give reliable parameters.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
Convergence typically occurred within ten iterations. A small number of spectra returned dubious velocities; these spectra were of lower signal-to-noise (mainly those of 1995 October 9th, due to occasional cloud), and were removed from the analysis.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
But a specific advantage of having a complete model is that we can move beyond these (often dubious) kinematical arguments and explicitly study the robustness of the full dynamical model.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
And second, it is dubious to claim that the prohibition of superluminal signals adequately captures relativity’s fundamental speed limit.
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
If this hypothesis is incorrect, then the fruit of CRM research will be of very dubious value.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Their direct inclusion as defined additive regular terms and noises into Langevin equation is artificial and their physical interpretation is dubious.
Field Theory Approach In Kinetic Reaction: Role Of Random Sources And Sinks
This empirical situation has led some physicists to deny the existence of these superpositions and their corresponding observables – either by postulate or by formal manipulations of dubious interpretation, often including infinities.
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
However, the validity of such procedure would now be dubious, since the components of the energy-momentum tensor necessarily involve (ill defined) products of Heisenberg field operators evaluated at the same space-time point.
Canonical Quantization of the Self-Dual Model coupled to Fermions
Unfortunately, most of these proposals employ dubious or ad hoc notions such as ‘quantum fluctuations of spacetime’ (e.g., Percival 1995) and/or ‘spontaneous localization of the wavefunction’ (e.g., Ghirardi et al. 1990).
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
However, both h and R are fixed by the data and h ∼ R is a dubious assumption.
The faint end of the Tully-Fisher relation
The corresponding theoretical uncertainty, due to missing higher-order corrections, is therefore expected to be larger. I/F INT is currently treated dubiously by the experiments: The MC used to extrapolate for efficiency and possibly acceptance do not contain I/F interference (eg, KORALZ in multi-photon mode).
The Twofold Way, a Short Disquisition of LEP Physics
Without question, it has also been apparent since the earliest days of the theory that these proclamations are somewhat dubious.
Information Tradeoff Relations for Finite-Strength Quantum Measurements
While 1/mc expansions extending from above are a priori of somewhat dubious numerical reliability, unquenched lattice calculations – with some effort – can reach the charm scale from below.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
In particular, the idea that proton decay can be suppressed by putting quarks and leptons on different walls seems quite dubious to me.
Future Summary
However, they are based on dubious assumptions.
The Genesis of the Big-Bang and Inflation
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