questionable

adjective ques·tion·able \ ˈkwes-chə-nə-bəl , ˈkwesh- , in rapid speech ˈkwesh-nə- \

Definition of questionable

1 obsolete :inviting inquiry
2 obsolete :liable to judicial inquiry or action
3 :affording reason for being doubted, questioned, or challenged :not certain or exact :problematic
  • milk of questionable purity
  • a questionable decision
4 :attended by well-grounded suspicions of being immoral, crude, false, or unsound :dubious
  • questionable motives

questionableness

noun

questionably

play \ˈkwes-chə-nə-blē, ˈkwesh-, in rapid speech ˈkwesh-nə-\ adverb

Examples of questionable in a Sentence

  1. The truth of the statements was highly questionable.

  2. The water available in the village is of questionable quality.

  3. a man of questionable character

  4. They acquired the money through questionable means.

  5. The company is facing a questionable future.

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First Known Use of questionable

15th century

Synonym Discussion of questionable

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

QUESTIONABLE Defined for English Language Learners

questionable

adjective

Definition of questionable for English Language Learners

  • : not likely to be true or correct : giving reason to doubt or question something

  • : likely to be bad : not worthy of trust

  • : not certain : unknown or undecided


QUESTIONABLE Defined for Kids

questionable

adjective ques·tion·able \ ˈkwes-chə-nə-bəl \

Definition of questionable for Students

1 :not certain or exact :doubtful water of questionable purity
2 :not believed to be true, sound, or proper
  • Her motives are questionable.


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