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questionable

[kwes-chuh-nuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. of doubtful propriety, honesty, morality, respectability, etc.: questionable activities; in questionable taste.
  2. open to question or dispute; doubtful or uncertain: a statement of questionable accuracy.
  3. open to question as to being of the nature or value suggested: a questionable privilege.
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Origin of questionable

First recorded in 1580–90; question + -able
Related formsques·tion·a·ble·ness, ques·tion·a·bil·i·ty, nounques·tion·a·bly, adverb

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2. debatable, disputable, controvertible, dubitable, dubious.

Antonyms

1. certain.
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  • Not Najma this questionable companion, but one as dear to Khalid.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • "I thought maybe he were a friend," said the stranger, with questionable veracity.

  • And which among the components of happiness and well-being can possibly be questionable?

  • Only for a moment, and then he continued the questionable pleasure of following her.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • No message in cipher, nor any that is at all questionable, must be sent or delivered.

    The Destroyer

    Burton Egbert Stevenson


British Dictionary definitions for questionable

questionable

adjective
  1. (esp of a person's morality or honesty) admitting of some doubt; dubious
  2. of disputable value or authoritya questionable text
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Derived Formsquestionableness or questionability, nounquestionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for questionable

adj.

1580s, "that may be interrogated;" c.1600, "open to dispute, doubtful," from question (v.) + -able. Deprecatory sense of "dubious in character" is attested from 1806. Related: Questionably.

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