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problematic

adjective

  1. (questionable)  open to doubt or debate
    Synonyms: debatable, problematical. Similar to: questionable
  2. (difficult)  making great mental demands; hard to comprehend, solve, or believe
    Synonyms: baffling, elusive, knotty, problematical, tough. Similar to: difficult

Etymology summary

Shortening of problematical, from Late Latin problematicus, from Ancient Greek...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

problematic | problematical | questionable [synonym, sense-specific] | problematically [adverb, derived]

having the nature or appearance of a problem; questionable | [logic, obsolete] (of a proposition) asserting that a property may or may not hold (23 of 421 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

problematic [entry 1, adjective] | problematical | questionable [synonym, sense-specific] | uncertain [synonym, sense-specific] | catchy [synonym, sense-specific] | delicate [synonym, sense-specific] | difficult [synonym, sense-specific] | dodgy [British, synonym, sense-specific] | hairy [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

posing a problem; difficult to solve or decide ; not definite or settled; "uncertain" ; open to question or debate; "questionable" | expressing or ... (23 of 173 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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problematic [entry 2, noun]

something that is problematic; a problematic aspect or concern (9 of 21 words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

problematic | problematical [derived] | problematically [derived]

constituting or presenting a problem | a thing that constitutes a problem (11 of 69 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

problematic | problematical [sense-specific] | problematically [adverb, related]

having the nature of a problem; hard to solve or deal with | not settled; yet to be determined; uncertain | an unresolved problem or inherent ... (24 of 51 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

problematic | problematical [sense-specific] | problematically [adverb, related]

Posing a problem; difficult to solve | Open to doubt; debatable | Not settled; unresolved or dubious (15 of 48 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Wiktionary:

problematic | problematics [plural] | debatable [synonym, sense-specific]

posing a problem; difficult to overcome or solve | debatable; open to doubt | unresolved or dubious | doubtful or uncertain in its outcome | [plural] A problem or difficulty in a particular field of study (32 of 44 words, 5 definitions, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

problematic | problematical

involving or causing problems (4 of 40 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

problematic | problematical | problematically [adverb, derived]

full of problems or difficulties (5 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

problematic | problematical

of the nature of a problem; doubtful; uncertain; questionable. (9 of 15 words, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

problematic | problematical | problematically [adverb, derived]

involving difficulties or problems | unsettled or posing an uncertain outcome | a matter or issue that is problematic (17 of 41 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

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Etymology references

Wiktionary:

problematic | problematics [plural]

Origin: Shortening of problematical, from Late Latin problematicus, from Ancient Greek προβληματικός (problēmatikos), from πρόβλημα (problēma, "outjutting, barrier, problem"), from... (19 of 34 etymology words)

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Online Etymology:

problematic

First use: about 1600

Origin: shortening of problematical (1560s), from Late Latin problematicus, from Greek problematikos "pertaining to a problem", from ... (18 of 22 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

problematic

First use: early 17th century

Origin: French from late Latin problematicus, from Greek problēmatikos, from problēma (see "problem")

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New World Dictionary:

problematic

Origin: French problématique from Latin problematicus from Greek problematikos from problēma (see "problem") + "-al"

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

problematic | problematical

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

problematic

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Cambridge Dictionary:

problematic

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the Free Dictionary:

problematic

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Google Dictionary:

problematic | problematics [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

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YourDictionary Audio:

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