- of the nature of a problem; doubtful; uncertain; questionable.
Origin of problematic
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- the uncertainties or difficulties inherent in a situation or plan.
Origin of problematics
Examples from the Web for problematic
To be clear, unilateral Democratic control is just as problematic as the reverse.GOP States’ Hitlist: Abortion, Unions & Hillary
November 18, 2014
However, in cases like Iraq and Syria, that can be problematic.Drone ‘Shortage’ Hampers ISIS War
November 18, 2014
In his mind, this is only as problematic as the decrease in international support that it may cause.The WHO’s Big Asterisk on Liberia’s Ebola Case Decrease
October 31, 2014
That the sentiment is increasingly and simplistically being associated with Islam is as problematic as it seems inevitable.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence
October 29, 2014
Postol may insist that her expertise trumps her problematic statements.The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad
Noah Shachtman, Michael Kennedy
October 17, 2014
Whether this man is identical with the author or patron of our book is problematic.
But Denby paid no sort of attention to these problematic followers.Under Cover
Roi Cooper Megrue
In neither of these cases, then, is there a problematic object.Studies in Logical Theory
But let us not be disturbed by this problematic entrance to our studies.The Science and Philosophy of the Organism
The existence of these grandchildren lay then in the problematic future.Reminiscences, 1819-1899
Julia Ward Howe.
Word Origin and History for problematic
c.1600, "doubtful, questionable," from French problematique (15c.), from Late Latin problematicus, from Greek problematikos "pertaining to a problem," from problematos, genitive of problema (see problem). Specific sense in logic, differentiating what is possible from what is necessarily true, is from 1610s. Related: Problematical (1560s); problematically.