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

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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 Jacoby Brissett is questionable with a knee injury. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Game blog: Colts lose 26-24 to Steelers, 3-game win streak falls," 3 Nov. 2019 According to trial testimony, Oakwood administration ignored reports from a parent, as well as an Oakwood pediatrician who shared offices with Awaad, that Awaad was engaging in questionable practices. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan doctor accused of misdiagnosing children with epilepsy finally goes to trial," 23 Oct. 2019 Receiver Tykee Ogle-Kellogg is questionable, coach Frank Wilson said. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "UTSA looking for spark against winless Rice," 18 Oct. 2019 Few people in the early 20th century doubted that Rockefeller’s company, Standard Oil, was engaged in questionable practices. David Mislin, The Conversation, "How a 1905 debate about ‘tainted’ Rockefeller money is a reminder of ethical dilemmas today," 2 Oct. 2019 WeWork has also taken steps toward an IPO but the plans have reportedly been delayed as investors worry over its history of massive losses and questionable corporate governance practices. Ahiza Garcia, CNN, "Airbnb announces it plans to go public in 2020," 19 Sep. 2019 The synthetic option can create toxic pollution that lasts long after the faux pelt is made—often with questionable labor practices. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, "Should Fur Be Illegal?," 13 Sep. 2019 To limit questionable citation practices, Waltman says, the Italian evaluation system should exclude self-citations and consider factors such as a researcher’s experience and activities in addition to citation counts. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Clubby and ‘disturbing’ citation behavior by researchers in Italy has surged," 11 Sep. 2019 But Kingsbury is Arizona’s man – and one who symbolizes the questionable hiring practices of NFL teams searching far and wide for the next Sean McVay. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Six NFL rookie coaches are on the hot seat for the first time as season opens," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of questionable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Nov 2019

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

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questionable

adjective
How to pronounce questionable (audio)

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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