- of the nature of a problem; doubtful; uncertain; questionable.
Origin of problematic
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Examples from the Web for problematical
They could have had trouble raising new capital, it could have been problematical.Barney Frank on JPMorgan’s Contradictions, Mitt Romney’s Mistakes
May 26, 2012
Must we, on this account, consider these histories as problematical?The Phantom World
The utility of these appendages is, even now, problematical.On the Genesis of Species
St. George Mivart
The results to Baldassarre were too problematical to be taken into account.Romola
But success in this direction is problematical, to say the least.East of Suez
Frederic Courtland Penfield
She wants to leave it here for me and my problematical children.Master of the Vineyard
Word Origin and History for problematical
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.