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dubious +‎ -ly


dubiously (comparative more dubiously, superlative most dubiously)

  1. In a dubious manner.
    • 1993, William J. Leonard, The Letter Carrier, page 218:
      They had perpetuated a dubiously holy union of Church and State that had refused for centuries to hear the cry of the poor and the oppressed.
    • 2018, James Lambert, “Setting the Record Straight: An In-depth Examination of Hobson-Jobson”, in International Journal of Lexicography, volume 31, number 4, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/ijl/ecy010, page 487:
      But, this information is relegated to a footnote, and no examples of dubiously English words are provided.
  2. Accompanied by doubt, or anxious uncertainty.
    • 1997, Kelly Joyce Neff, Dear Companion: The Inner Life of Martha Jefferson, page 167:
      She looked dubiously up the steep path to the vastness of dark wood on either side. “How far is it up to the top?”