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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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To the extent that they are hyperbolic tokens of the nation-state sovereignty, like all hyperbolae, they reveal a tremulousness, a vulnerability, a dubiousness, an instability at the core of what hey aim to express .
Meanwhile, Pluto has been downgraded from planet status, adding another level of dubiousness to the whole project.
For despite its ethical dubiousness, "In the City of Killing"
The dubiousness of this idea was deftly captured in a Dilbert cartoon, in which Dogbert (Dilbert's dog) asks his owner:
Given the lack of an objective benchmark for disclosure fullness, as well as the dubiousness of a "more is better" approach, the shift toward defining principles for maximizing the effectiveness of an entity's disclosures, individually and holistically, is most welcome.
It is with the understanding of the rejection of Utopia in architecture developed above, and the dubiousness of the justifications for this, in mind that I would like to turn briefly to a consideration of perhaps one of the most convincingly utopian architects of the twentieth century.
Moreover, it does not prevent the increasing insistence on one's sectarian and regional identity in societies that have not yet reached modernity, the established presence of the other sects, and the dubiousness affecting the meanings of the nation, the country, the state and family.
The questions he fielded were uniformly of the antigovernment sentiment: the dubiousness of the debt ceiling, the foolhardiness of taxing the wealthy, the illegal immigrants on Medicaid.
At the time there was a dubiousness at many law schools about hiring their own graduates for the faculty, but in Laura's case we had no doubt that she was extraordinary.
But the conversation ends awkwardly, foundering on the problem of placing "success" within the linked rubrics of race and genre--and on Robinson's own dubiousness regarding the relevance of concepts like success to his writing career.
On the other hand, showing the ethical dubiousness of one's position can itself be construed as an ethical gesture.
The next day, it seemed as though Drew's dubiousness was right on.