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dubious

adjective One many adjectival euphemisms for unproven (see there), typically used in the context of alternative therapies that provide no more benefit than an effective placebo.
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For these were consistent not only with the conflicting sources of Arthurian tradition and Arthur's historical dubiety but also with higher criticism's repositioning of the bible as a collection of multiple, often mythic accounts that nonetheless referred to an historical figure and a narrative of central cultural and spiritual significance.
Speaking about the session, Amit Garg said, “Mobile learning is an emerging trend in the learning industry, yet there is a sense of dubiety about its success amongst training organizations.
The reported shrinkage of the skull strikes a resounding note of dubiety.
From the thematic level, as we have seen, he gets the dubiety of connection between title and first line, so that he is not quite sure what the theme is anyway; from the conventional level, he gets the elaborate line scheme and can guess at the highly artificial stanza as a whole; from the level of formal pattern, he gets the "poetic diction" of "o'er" and the assonance and alliteration.
but with an awakened dubiety about the scope of a quotation.
Her ex-husband justified his dubiety by saying that he could not rule out the possibility that she might have cheated on him with other men because she had betrayed her family's trust before marriage
While such dubiety is understandable considering the beating these financiers took during the near-annihilation of the world's economy, their newfound tightfistedness triggered a significant drop in life sciences and medical device venture funding in the last quarter of 2010.
Among these; apparently Tesco are currently selling a 'Three Lions Salad' (although I believe there may be some dubiety over the authenticity of the lion meat), and a company called EdF is an official sponsor of the England squad.
At a meeting with media spokespersons of ministries and government departments, Al Sharif, who is also the Government spokesman, said the media spokesperson should corroborate a news item or statement with accurate information and through avoiding dubiety.
A Complex Arrow might cause visual instability, dubiety, and insecurity by drivers during the visual evaluation, at the time when they should be responding, via keyboard, to the recommended direction.
Whether or not John Shakespeare resisted assimilation to the reformed faith reinstituted by Elizabeth I after the apostasy of Queen Mary--and a recent study argues its dubiety [see Robert Bearman, "John Shakespeare: A Papist or lust Penniless?