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[ kwes-chuh-nuh-buhl ]


  1. of doubtful propriety, honesty, morality, respectability, etc.:

    questionable activities; in questionable taste.

    Antonyms: certain

  2. open to question or dispute; doubtful or uncertain:

    a statement of questionable accuracy.

    Synonyms: controvertible, dubious, dubitable, disputable, debatable

  3. open to question as to being of the nature or value suggested:

    a questionable privilege.


/ ˈkwɛstʃənəbəl /


  1. (esp of a person's morality or honesty) admitting of some doubt; dubious
  2. of disputable value or authority

    a questionable text

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Derived Forms

  • ˈquestionably, adverb
  • ˈquestionableness, noun

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Other Words From

  • question·a·ble·ness question·a·bili·ty noun
  • question·a·bly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of questionable1

First recorded in 1580–90; question + -able

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Example Sentences

If a person is adequately informed — granted, a questionable if — then they are within their rights to sell their data, or exchange it for a service or product, he says.

He had been listed as questionable on the Buccaneers’ injury report.

If you’re thinking this sounds like a questionable idea, you’re not alone.

“These are vetting efforts that identify any questionable behavior in the past, or any potential link to questionable behavior not just related to extremism,” said Jonathan Rath Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesman.

They forced a conversation on the issue, even if their motivations were sometimes questionable and their solution flawed.

The motives were most always harmless, and only sometimes ethically questionable.

Stott argues that they were somewhat questionable figures to begin with.

There is a whole genre of books not sold in regular stores but usually on street stalls in questionable neighborhoods.

I should have know this was a lie when the new number I was given had a questionable history as well.

I had recently attended a wedding because a text message had referenced some questionable behavior.

Mixed with much that is questionable or erroneous, the New Testament contains some truth and beauty.

The organization of man renders it questionable if his primeval ancestor was arboreal to any similar extent.

If any word is used which falls the least short of this, Tillotson's remark becomes altogether questionable.

Diard's mongrel position, which he himself made still more questionable, brought him great troubles.

It is questionable whether the Oriental nations had any philosophy distinct from religion.