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problematic

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

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Definition of problematic

  1. 1a :  posing a problem :  difficult to solve or decideb :  not definite or settled :  uncertain their future remains problematicc :  open to question or debate :  questionable

  2. 2 :  expressing or supporting a possibility

problematically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of problematic in a sentence

  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

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

1898

First Known Use of problematic

1898


PROBLEMATIC Defined for English Language Learners

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problematic

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

Definition of problematic for English Language Learners

  • : difficult to understand, solve, or fix



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