prob·​lem·​a·​tize ˈprä-blə-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce problematize (audio)
problematized; problematizing

transitive verb

: to consider or treat as a problem
problematization noun

Examples of problematize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So often politicized and problematized and historicized and memorialized and so rarely, in today’s literary novel, simply described. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2023 Many anthropological types problematize too much for my taste. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2010 Artists sometimes problematize as a marketing tool. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 3 Mar. 2020 Yes, perhaps the last hope to problematize fascistoid nonprogressive edges, so to speak, is to reterritorialize the oppositional vernaculars. Rebecca Schuman, Slate Magazine, 26 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of problematize was in 1910

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“Problematize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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