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problematic

[ prob-luh-mat-ik ]
/ ˌprɒb ləˈmæt ɪk /
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adjective

of the nature of a problem; doubtful; uncertain; questionable.

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Nearby words

probit, probity, problem, problem page, problem-oriented record, problematic, problematical, problematics, proboscidate, proboscidean, proboscis
Often prob·lem·at·i·cal.

Origin of problematic

1600–10; < Late Latin problēmaticus < Greek problēmatikós, equivalent to problēmat- (stem of próblēma) problem + -ikos -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for non-problematic

problematic

problematical

/ (ˌprɒbləˈmætɪk) /

adjective

having the nature or appearance of a problem; questionable
logic obsolete (of a proposition) asserting that a property may or may not holdCompare apodeictic (def. 2), assertoric
Derived Formsproblematically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-problematic

problematic


adj.

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.

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