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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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Harthouse, taking a turn or two across the room, dubiously, 'it's so alarmingly absurd.
The hard-headed man looked dubiously round, but finding himself in a minority, assumed a compassionate air and said no more.
Tulliver, turning his head dubiously first on one side and then on the other.
Global Banking News-October 9, 2015--Bank Negara says 1MDB's foreign investment permissions were dubiously obtained
2005 The dubiously titled Meet The Fockers was a big new release.
The Russian-British crew are at loggerheads and the body count starts even before they set sail on the mission in a dubiously acquired and rusty sub.
Please, do not argue that our traffic wardens are morally conflicted: they simply give the impression of being gormless jobworths or do they suffer from poor management and councillors who have dubiously retained PS1,645,000 penalty charge monies during the bus lane fiasco.
After internal debate, dubiously checking with fellow musicians and consulting with headliner Bruno Mars, they decided it was "a surreal-like, once in a lifetime crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it.
Evidence is mounting that they pile on the price rises to boost their own balance sheets instead, as the corporate giants dubiously insisted, of covering soaring wholesale prices.
It's a dubiously written, historically inaccurate, silly soap opera in a stately home.
When I told them I was from Liverpool and they should come and visit they looked dubiously at me before trotting out the same lines about the city being all about rioters and political extremism.
The official set his stall out early on when he dubiously penalised Irish centre Brian O'Driscoll twice for competing at the breakdown.