Problematic Prob`lem*at"ic, Problematical Prob`lem*at"ic*al, a. [L. problematicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. probl['e]matique.] Having the nature of a problem; not shown in fact; questionable; uncertain; unsettled; doubtful. -- {Prob`lem*at"ic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

Diligent inquiries into remote and problematical guilt leave a gate wide open to . . . informers. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

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  • problematic — PROBLEMÁTIC, Ă, problematici, ce, adj., s.f. 1. adj. Îndoielnic, nesigur, ipotetic. ♦ p. ext. Dubios, suspect, necurat. 2. adj. Care constituie o problemă, o enigmă. ♦ (log.; despre judecăţi) Care anunţă un raport posibil între termenii judecăţii …   Dicționar Român

  • problematic — UK [ˌprɒbləˈmætɪk] / US [ˌprɑbləˈmætɪk] or problematical UK [ˌprɒbləˈmætɪk(ə)l] / US [ˌprɑbləˈmætɪk(ə)l] adjective involving or causing problems Planning a trip at that time is going to be problematic …   English dictionary

  • problematic — problematic, problematical Both forms are used in BrE and AmE with no discernible difference in meaning, but problematic is (understandably, being shorter) much more common (eight times more so in the OEC) than problematical …   Modern English usage

  • problematic — I adjective ambiguous, complex, complicated, contestable, controversial, controvertible, cryptic, cryptical, debatable, difficult, disputable, doubtful, dubious, dubius, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocal, imperspicuous, incertus, insoluble,… …   Law dictionary

  • problematic — c.1600, shortening of problematical (1560s), from L.L. problematicus, from Gk. problematikos pertaining to a problem, from problematos, gen. of problema (see PROBLEM (Cf. problem)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • problematic — *doubtful, dubious, questionable Analogous words: ambiguous, equivocal, *obscure, vague, cryptic, enigmatic: uncertain, suspicious, mistrustful (see corresponding nouns at UNCERTAINTY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • problematic — [ˌprɒbləˈmætɪk] or problematical [ˌprɒbləˈmætɪk(ə)l] adj involving or causing problems …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • problematic — [adj] open to doubt ambiguous, arguable, chancy, debatable, disputable, doubtful, dubious, dubitable, enigmatic, iffy*, indecisive, moot, open, precarious, problematical, puzzling, questionable, suspect, tricky, uncertain, unsettled, up for… …   New thesaurus

  • problematic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ presenting a problem. DERIVATIVES problematical adjective problematically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • problematic — [präb΄lə mat′ik] adj. [Fr problématique < L problematicus < Gr problematikos < problēma (see PROBLEM) + AL] 1. having the nature of a problem; hard to solve or deal with 2. not settled; yet to be determined; uncertain: Also problematical …   English World dictionary