疑わしい

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
うたが
Grade: 6

Etymology[edit]

Modern form of classical adjective 疑わし ‎(utagawashi). Derived via regular historical processes from the classical attributive form 疑わしき ‎(utagawashiki).[1][2]

From verb 疑う ‎(utagau, to doubt; to suspect), as the 未然形 ‎(mizenkei, incomplete form) of 疑わ ‎(utagawa-) + ‎(-shi, adjectivizing suffix).[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

疑わしい ‎(-i inflection, hiragana うたがわしい, romaji utagawashii, historical hiragana うたがはしい)

  1. doubtful, uncertain
  2. suspicious

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Usage notes[edit]

  • 疑わしい implies something for which the true nature or quality isn't known, but that may be good or may be bad.
  • 如何 (いかが)わしい ‎(ikagawashii) implies something that cannot be trusted, or that may be immoral.
  •  (あや)しい ‎(ayashii) implies something for which the true nature isn't known, and this uncertainty is a bad thing.
  •  (いぶか)しい ‎(ibukashii) implies something for which the true nature isn't known, and this uncertainty causes one to be curious.
  • 胡散臭 (うさんくさ) ‎(usankusai) implies something suspicious that draws attention.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9