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 questionable (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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Recent Examples on the Web Tight end Jack Essenbach, who suffered a leg injury early in the victory over Eastern Michigan and did not return, is questionable this week... Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2021 From hydroxychloroquine and veterinarian doses of the antiparasitic drug ivermectin, questionable—and potentially harmful—treatments for COVID-19 have circulated the internet since the pandemic first hit. Ashley Abramson,, 17 Sep. 2021 Torrey is off to a hot start this season, rushing for 315 yards and three scores in two games, but is questionable this week against UAB. Evan Dudley, al, 17 Sep. 2021 Yet apart from collecting data to add to a robust body of research on human health and performance in space, Inspiration4’s value as a research mission is questionable. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 16 Sep. 2021 To speak of any project of self-betterment in relation to a guy who breakfasts on meat sandwiches with dip is questionable. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 15 Sep. 2021 What if the importance of late September and October never comes because of this questionable-at-best strategy? Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2021 The real problem here is massive fees for a questionable investment strategy that could lead to potentially mediocre or bad long-term results. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 17 June 2021 Depending on the source, Brown, who led the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry to resist slavery, is either an insurrectionist of questionable sanity or a national hero whose planning displayed ingenuity. Nedra Rhone, ajc, 8 Sep. 2021

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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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23 Sep 2021

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“Questionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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