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

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Other Words from questionable

questionableness noun
questionably \ˈkwes-chə-nə-blē, 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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The idea that James wanted to be associated with the franchise of the Lakers’ pedigree is also questionable. Dylan Hernandez,, "On the Lakers’ road back to greatness with LeBron, the hardest steps may still lie ahead," 12 July 2018 And some of the culinary choices here are questionable. Craig Laban,, "Jersey Shore restaurants offer tasty food options from Cape May to LBI," 29 June 2018 Briann January, who is questionable with a foot injury, played nine seasons for the Fever before an offseason trade to Mercury. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Phoenix Mercury face Indiana Fever, who own WNBA's worst record," 28 June 2018 The Hamilton County Development Corporation's effectiveness is questionable. Jason Williams,, "PX column: What's up with the barrage of tax hikes in Cincinnati and Hamilton County?," 28 June 2018 The offense created three runs in the third inning as San Diego made a series of questionable plays in the field. Andy Mccullough,, "Kenta Maeda fans nine to secure Dodgers' 4-2 win over Padres," 12 July 2018 My guilt worsened when my kids started driving, making my own questionable habits feel even more conspicuous. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 No matter his hair color — or his occasionally questionable aesthetic choices — his Beliebers are always behind him., "You Won't Believe How Much Justin Bieber's Hair Has Changed," 10 July 2018 Some Fox personnel, the report found, raised concerns about questionable data before submission, but changes were not made. Susan Snyder,, "Temple business dean forced out over falsified MBA data used in rankings," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of questionable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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