problematic


1prob·lem·at·ic

adjective \ˌprä-blə-ˈma-tik\

: difficult to understand, solve, or fix

Full Definition of PROBLEMATIC

1
a :  posing a problem :  difficult to solve or decide
b :  not definite or settled :  uncertain <their future remains problematic>
c :  open to question or debate :  questionable
2
:  expressing or supporting a possibility
prob·lem·at·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of PROBLEMATIC

prob·lem·at·ic also prob·lem·at·i·cal \-ti-kəl\

Examples of PROBLEMATIC

  1. Rules of grammar are more problematic for non-native speakers.
  2. <the problematic situation of somehow having two dates for the same party>

First Known Use of PROBLEMATIC

1609

2problematic

noun

Definition of PROBLEMATIC

:  something that is problematic :  a problematic aspect or concern

First Known Use of PROBLEMATIC

1957

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