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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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Rhyl had the better of a first period which saw Evans and McManus both strike the woodwork and James Gambino have a goal dubiously disallowed for offside before they took the lead close to the half-hour.
Didier Drogba opened the scoring when he fired his seventh goal at the new Wembley to give Chelsea the advantage, before Juan Mata was dubiously awarded the second.
Didier Drogba opened the scoring when he fired his seventh goal to give Chelsea the advantage, before Mata was dubiously awarded the second.
Lido went in front on 12 minutes when Mark Jones was dubiously ruled to have been impeded in the box by Dave Swanick and Andy Hill smashed in the spot kick.
Opening papers seek to explain the causal factors behind Obama's victory--which the introduction somewhat dubiously (considering the amount of Wall Street and other corporate money being poured into his campaign coffers at very early stages) claims that "no social scientist could have predicted"--looking at past strategies of Black electoral success; African American bloc voting; the roles of age, race, and gender in voting behavior; the roles of the Black and Latino press; and the role of Bill Clinton.
The only explanation for this violence is this crippling feeling of helplessness in a country whose State institutions are dubiously falling apart.
Second, and even more dubiously, I have yet to meet a wasp counter, damsel-fly enumerator or termite totaller.
It astonished the BBC announcer who dubiously announced the half-time scoreline to the nation and then promised: "We'll check that out.
We also had a Levi Ramsay goal dubiously ruled out for a very close offside decision so the breaks are not going our way at the moment although the players responded well after the Rugby setback.
They finished the game with 10 men with Yoann Gourcuff being dubiously sent off for an elbow on Macbeth Sibaya.
This unlikely foursome meet in the dubiously named Idyll Inn, a newly-opened retirement home for those who are still largely able to care for themselves - and they are soon up to no good.
But Time Out New York decided to put this theory to the test, visiting the real-life counterparts of some photo-less, dubiously advertised units.