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

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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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In his office, Associate Attorney General Sandra Arenas takes calls directly from veterans, active military members and their families who have received a questionable contact or suspicious offer. Josh Kovner,, "Veterans beware: Scams offering pay-day loans, mortgages, car and jewelry deals targeting military members," 10 July 2019 Beyond just questionable related party transactions, various fundamental governance norms and laws are not being adhered to and this is inevitably going to lead to unfortunate outcomes unless effective measures are taken today. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "A promoter has raised serious governance issues with India’s largest airline," 10 July 2019 But STX’s struggles have been amplified by a combination of questionable strategies and movie choices, according to multiple people knowledgeable of the company’s business who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Ryan Faughnder,, "Mid-budget movies keep flopping. But STX Entertainment’s problems don’t end there," 10 July 2019 Jake Busey as Bruce: Bruce is a journalist for the The Hawkins Post, with questionable morals and a twisted sense of humor. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Alexei From "Stranger Things” Season 3?," 9 July 2019 Blackmon, who made two questionable throws from right field in the sixth inning, allowing runners to advance, also had Ketel Marte’s liner glance off his glove for a double in the the seventh. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies lose to Diamondbacks, fall below .500 entering the All-Star break," 7 July 2019 Poole got off to a hot start Friday, which emboldened him to take numerous questionable shots. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors rookie Jordan Poole works on shot selection," 5 July 2019 The United States’ semifinal victory over England involved a pair of questionable VAR reviews, one disallowing an England goal for a razor-thin offsides infraction, another granting an iffy England penalty in the closing minutes. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The World Cup’s Instant-Replay Problem," 5 July 2019 Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma will be unavailable to play in Sunday’s game against NYCFC, while defender Jorge Villafana and goalkeeper Jeff Attinella’s status for the match remains questionable. Jamie Goldberg,, "Portland Timbers injury report: Bill Tuiloma out, Jorge Villafana, Jeff Attinella questionable for NYCFC game," 3 July 2019

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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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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


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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