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Definition of "problematic" []

  • Posing a problem; difficult to solve: a repair that proved more problematic than first expected. (adjective)
  • Open to doubt; debatable: "if you ever get married, which seems to me extremely problematic” ( Oscar Wilde). (adjective)
  • Not settled; unresolved or dubious: a problematic future. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "problematic" in a sentence
  • "This is why the modern broken world only sees the problematic: the ˜problematic™ is that which can be addressed and solved with a technique, e.g., changing a flat tire on an automobile or downloading security software to fix a virus on one's computer."
  • "But a second aspect of “feminism” (I find the term problematic because of this very dichotomy) that seems at least as important is fostering values that challenge that power structure, and which for whatever natural and cultural reasons are loosely (though only loosely) associated with femininity."
  • "I find the term problematic only in that I think all fiction should be experimental: no fiction writer should rest satisfied that prose fiction has settled into its final and most appropriate form such that only reiterations of the form with fresh "content" is needed."