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adjective
prob·​lem·​at·​ic | \ ˌprä-blə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce problematic (audio) \
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Definition of problematic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : posing a problem : difficult to solve or decide
b : not definite or settled : uncertain their future remains problematic
2 : expressing or supporting a possibility

problematic

noun

Definition of problematic (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is problematic : a problematic aspect or concern

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Adjective

problematically \ ˌprä-​blə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce problematically (audio) Supersonics Basketball Stitched Green 11 Detlef Jersey Thunder Throwback \ adverb

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Adjective

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. Supersonics Basketball Stitched Green 11 Detlef Jersey Thunder Throwback 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 problematic in a Sentence

Adjective

Rules of grammar are more problematic for non-native speakers. the problematic situation of somehow having two dates for the same party

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Some of the smaller acquisitions that involved very opinionated entrepreneurs were problematic. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "A Major Indie: CEO Hartwig Masuch Looks at BMG's First 10 Years -- and Shares His Vision for Its Future," 26 July 2019 But the glacial pace of the process is problematic. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Nations Claim Large Overlapping Sections of Arctic Seafloor," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of problematic

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Adjective

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1898, in the meaning defined above

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