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problematic

adjective
variants: also

problematical

Synonyms and Antonyms of problematic

  1. 1 requiring exceptional skill or caution in performance or handling the problematic situation of somehow having two dates for the same party Synonyms of problematic catchy, delicate, difficult, dodgy [chiefly British], hairy, knotty, nasty, prickly, tricky (also problematical), sensitive, spiny, sticky, thorny, ticklish, touchy, tough, tricksyWords Related to problematic abstract, abstruse, complex, complicated, hard, intricate, involved, recondite, serious; problem, scabrous, stubborn, troublesome, troublous, vexatious, vexing, worrisome; burdensome, demanding, discommoding, exacting, exhausting, importunate, inconvenient, onerous, oppressive, painful, stressfulNear Antonyms of problematic easy, effortless, manageable, painless, simple, straightforward, uncomplicated, undemanding, unproblematic

  2. 2 giving good reason for being doubted, questioned, or challenged whether we should even bother finishing the project at this point is problematic Synonyms of problematic debatable, disputable, dodgy [chiefly British], doubtable, dubious, dubitable, equivocal, fishy, doubtful (also problematical), queer, questionable, shady, shaky, suspect, suspiciousWords Related to problematic alleged, so-called, supposed; moot; ambiguous, open, unclear; uncertain, undecided, undetermined; far-fetched, flimsy, improbable, unlikely, weakNear Antonyms of problematic decisive, definitive; clear, obvious, open-and-shut, positiveAntonyms of problematic certain, hands-down, incontestable, indisputable, indubitable, questionless, sure, undeniable, undoubted, unproblematic, unquestionable

Synonym Discussion of problematic

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


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