[ kwes-chuh-nuh-buhl ]
/ ˈkwɛs tʃə nə bəl /


of doubtful propriety, honesty, morality, respectability, etc.: questionable activities; in questionable taste.
open to question or dispute; doubtful or uncertain: a statement of questionable accuracy.
open to question as to being of the nature or value suggested: a questionable privilege.

Nearby words

  1. question master,
  2. question of fact,
  3. question of law,
  4. question period,
  5. question time,
  6. questionary,
  7. questioner,
  8. questioning,
  9. questioningly,
  10. questionless

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for questionably


/ (ˈkwɛstʃənəbəl) /


(esp of a person's morality or honesty) admitting of some doubt; dubious
of disputable value or authoritya questionable text
Derived Formsquestionableness or questionability, nounquestionably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for questionably



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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