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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: We've discussed the problematic benefits of the treatment.
involving or presenting a problem that is difficult to deal with or solve: She faces a problematic decision.
tending or likely to elicit objections or disapproval; offensive: My ex-boyfriend's political opinions were often embarrassingly problematic.We've all had to deal with problematic relatives during the holidays.
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Origin of problematic

First recorded in 1600–10; from Late Latin problēmaticus, from Greek problēmatikós, equivalent to problēmat- (stem of próblēma) problem + -ikos-ic

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British Dictionary definitions for 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 forms of problematic

problematically, adverb
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