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 But in a letter to Stat news published on Monday, Stanford epidemiologist John Ioannidis said the data collected on the pandemic is unreliable, and the projections in turn are questionable. Erin Allday,, "Newsom: 56% of Californians could get coronavirus in worst case over 8 weeks," 19 Mar. 2020 In the current review, for example, only two of the studies were more scientifically based, yet even those results were questionable. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "There's no evidence full-fat dairy is bad for kids, study says," 2 Mar. 2020 Finally, say advocates, the necessity of such agreements is itself questionable, as hospitals, by nature, accept patients who show up, with or without a doctor agreement. Alexandra Svokos, ABC News, "Supreme Court set to hear critical Louisiana abortion case," 1 Mar. 2020 Auburn’s offensive efficiency has been questionable at best. Giana Han, al, "Ole Miss has been a ‘struggle’ for Auburn," 25 Feb. 2020 Douglas County charged The Oregonian/OregonLive $2,000 for the records that reveal these questionable expenditures. oregonlive, "Pet travel, flight upgrades, meeting with a conspiracy theorist: How a struggling Oregon county spent federal safety net money," 16 Jan. 2020 Also, when the 4:30 p.m. NBA injury report came out, Mavericks guard Delon Wright was listed as questionable with left foot soreness. Dallas News, "Why the Mavericks are struggling at home; Porzingis, Hardaway Jr. out for third straight game," 4 Jan. 2020 With the long-term benefits of vertical integration questionable, this deal looks more like an alloy of defensiveness and opportunism. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Cleveland-Cliffs’ ‘Whatever’ Cheers AK Steel’s Bondholders," 3 Dec. 2019 He had been listed as questionable with a hamstring injury on Friday's injury report, but said that was not a factor in the game. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "'Everything just felt off' for Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in lopsided loss to Rams," 1 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of questionable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Mar 2020

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“Questionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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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