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Dec 7, 2012
This week's theme
Words derived from numbers

This week's words
septentrional
decimate
hebdomad
doyen
dubious

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dubious

PRONUNCIATION:
(DOO-bee-uhs, DYOO-)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Marked by doubt.
2. Of questionable character.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin dubius (wavering), from duo (two). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dwo- (two) that also gave us dual, double, doubt, diploma, twin, between, redoubtable, and didymous. Earliest documented use: 1548.

USAGE:
"A scandal over dubious transfers of millions of euros is creating turbulence for European defense giant EADS."
Investigation into Dubious EADS Austria Deal Intensifies; Der Spiegel (Hamburg, Germany); Nov 12, 2012.

See more usage examples of dubious in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it. -Martin Luther King Jr., civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

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