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problematic

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adjective prob·lem·at·ic \ˌprä-blə-ˈma-tik\

Simple Definition of problematic

  • : difficult to understand, solve, or fix

Full Definition of problematic

  1. 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. 2 :  expressing or supporting a possibility

prob·lem·at·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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>



1609

First Known Use of problematic

1609

Variants of problematic

also prob·lem·at·i·cal play \-ti-kəl\

Synonym Discussion of problematic

doubtful, dubious, problematic, questionable mean not affording assurance of the worth, soundness, or certainty of something. doubtful implies little more than a lack of conviction or certainty <doubtful about whether I said the right thing>. dubious stresses suspicion, mistrust, or hesitation <dubious about the practicality of the scheme>. problematic applies especially to things whose existence, meaning, fulfillment, or realization is highly uncertain <whether the project will ever be finished is problematic>. questionable may imply no more than the existence of doubt but usually suggests that the suspicions are well-grounded <a man of questionable honesty>.

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problematic

noun prob·lem·at·ic

Definition of problematic

  1. :  something that is problematic :  a problematic aspect or concern



1957

First Known Use of problematic

1957



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