problematic

[prob-luh-mat-ik]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. probit,
  2. probity,
  3. problem,
  4. problem page,
  5. problem-oriented record,
  6. problematical,
  7. problematics,
  8. proboscidate,
  9. proboscidean,
  10. 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

Related forms

problematics

[prob-luh-mat-iks]

plural noun

the uncertainties or difficulties inherent in a situation or plan.

Origin of problematics

First recorded in 1955–60; see origin at problematic, -ics

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British Dictionary definitions for problematic

problematic

problematical

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 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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