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dubious
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

6 uses
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Definition
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
  • As the lad stood in a dubious attitude, Durbeyfield put his hand in his pocket, and produced a shilling, one of the chronically few that he possessed.
    1 — The Maiden (6% in)
  • "But I don't know that I am apt at tending fowls," said the dubious Tess.
    1 — The Maiden (55% in)
  • XI The twain cantered along for some time without speech, Tess as she clung to him still panting in her triumph, yet in other respects dubious.
    1 — The Maiden (92% in)
  • "Well, as to going up into their horns," replied Dairyman Crick dubiously, as though even witchcraft might be limited by anatomical possibilities, "I couldn't say; I certainly could not.
    3 — The Rally (16% in)
  • But, before venturing to make the revelation, dubious Tess indirectly sounded the dairyman as to its possible effect upon Mr Clare, by asking the former if Mr Clare had any great respect for old county families when they had lost all their money and land.
    3 — The Rally (53% in)
  • And though she looked dubiously at the house-front as if inclined to return, it was with a breath of relied that she closed the gate.
    5 — The Woman Pays (93% in)

There are no more uses of "dubious" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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