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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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He said about 1,000 party members of the PKR Julau branch went to the polls on November 10, including those who were dubiously registered.
1953: Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, author of Under Milk Wood, died of pneumonia in New York aged 39: although he had been drinking shortly before and dubiously claimed to have had 18 whiskies, a post mortem examination found it was not a factor in his death.
With the aid of other comedians, Russell will participate in a mixture of scientifically proven, spiritual and, perhaps, slightly dubiously dubbed life-prolonging activities - including getting pantsdrunk with Greg Davies tomorrow night.
Those prisoners who gave incorrect answers on a dubiously written "loyalty" test, as well as any who were deemed to be protesters or troublemakers, were sent to the Tule Lake facility.
But because of prompt nurturing of a false narrative, global defamation of Pakistan took a giant leap forward on lines similar to the very dubiously explained attack on the Indian Parliament seven years earlier in December 2001.
The ghostly prisoners themselves tell highly elided, dubiously accurate, and aggressively poetic versions of their life stories.
New Delhi: There is a certain set pattern that most life insurance policy advertisements follow; the husband looks dubiously at his wife prior to signing on the dotted line of a life insurance policy.
A promotional video for La Cite du Fleuve, a development project outside Kinshasa, will serve as a backdrop--revealing machinations for the DRC's dubiously shiny future.
2005 The dubiously titled Meet The Fockers was a big new release.
A senior officer of CDA told on the condition of anonymity that FIA while starting investigation into payment of compensation to fake affectees in village Noon, summoned 15 top officers of CDA to record their statement in FIA headquarters and on the other hand deputy director land was delisted dubiously.
Global Banking News-October 9, 2015--Bank Negara says 1MDB's foreign investment permissions were dubiously obtained
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.