Definition of questionable
1 obsolete : inviting inquiry
2 obsolete : liable to judicial inquiry or action
4 : attended by well-grounded suspicions of being immoral, crude, false, or unsound : dubious questionable motives
questionablyplay \ˈkwes-chə-nə-blē, ˈkwesh-, in rapid speech ˈkwesh-nə-\ adverb
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.
Recent Examples of questionable from the Web
Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s erstwhile campaign manager, had some questionable Russian business interests and resigned well before the election.
Among the website’s questionable listings are those from companies charging for experimental stem cell treatments — including 11 where the fees aren’t even disclosed, Turner said.
Among a slew of recent questionable decisions, the House's latest call to bar women wearing sleeveless tops and dresses is decidedly idiotic.
About 10 percent to 15 percent of the applicants screened get flagged, often for multiple incidents, suggesting a questionable post is more than a mistake.
The rally might have been even bigger, but Dee Gordon was thrown out trying to steal early in the inning, a questionable move with his team down four runs.
About the Red Bulls: Midfielder Mike Grella (knee) is questionable and defender Gideon Baah is out for the season with a broken leg.
While California officials double down on cutting greenhouse-gas emissions, continued support from the Trump administration and the Republican Congress is questionable, at best.
Apparently some questionable rights issues, and the usual business nonsense.
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QUESTIONABLE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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