questionable

adjective
ques·​tion·​able | \ ˈkwes-chə-nə-bəl How to pronounce questionable (audio) , 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

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Other Words from questionable

questionableness noun
questionably \ ˈkwes-​chə-​nə-​blē How to pronounce questionably (audio) , ˈkwesh-​ , in rapid speech  ˈkwesh-​nə-​ \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of questionable in a Sentence

The truth of the statements was highly questionable. The water available in the village is of questionable quality. a man of questionable character They acquired the money through questionable means. The company is facing a questionable future.
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Of course, a lot of the memes were jokes made regarding some of the questionable fashion choices on the red carpet. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "13 Grammy Memes That Will Leave You Hysterical Laughing," 11 Feb. 2019 Offensive lineman Mason Cole was a questionable choice in the third round. azcentral, "NFL draft grades: Cardinals ace NFL draft with Josh Rosen, Christian Kirk, other picks?," 30 Apr. 2018 Seiichiro Nishioka, a former judge and co-chair, told reporters after the meeting that Ghosn had shown questionable ethics, and too much power within the company had been focused in one person. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Tokyo court rejects Ex-Nissan chair Ghosn’s bail request," 22 Jan. 2019 And not just due to its questionable ethics or lack of concrete data — but because of critical information that has been left out of the narrative. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 On the radio, Hewitt has been a supporter of Pruitt, who has received negative attention for questionable ethics regarding spending at the EPA. Washington Post, "Commentator Hugh Hewitt told not to report on Pruitt," 9 May 2018 And the questionable ethics of his environment chief, temporarily obscured by unrelated scandal, were reemerging. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Comey who? Buoyant Trump kicks off week in Florida," 16 Apr. 2018 Later opponents drew a line from Haeckel’s questionable ethics to his convoluted politics, noting his belief in racial hierarchies and some form of eugenics. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel’ Review: The Zoologist as Artist," 13 Apr. 2018 In some counties, a pattern of questionable behavior has emerged among sheriffs who have pocketed the excess feeding money. John Sharp, AL.com, "Dietary needs unmet in some Alabama jails as concerns mount on use of sheriff food accounts," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of questionable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of questionable was in the 15th century

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questionable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of questionable

: 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

adjective
ques·​tion·​able | \ ˈkwes-chə-nə-bəl How to pronounce questionable (audio) \

Kids Definition of questionable

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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