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problematic Syllabification: prob·lem·at·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌpräbləˈmadik/

Definition of problematic in English:


1Constituting or presenting a problem or difficulty: the situation was problematic for teachers
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  • This was a show that presented the problematic areas of representation of people outside of one's socio-political group.
  • Her analysis captures the problematic nature of the self in late modernity and presents it in stark and provocative relief.
  • Blurring the distinction between slave and free makes more complicated and problematic the nature of legal status.
difficult, hard, taxing, troublesome, tricky, awkward, controversial, ticklish, complicated, complex, knotty, thorny, prickly, vexed
informal sticky
1.1Doubtful or questionable.
Example sentences
  • The stories are all an attempt to answer Akhila's problematic question: can a woman stay single and be happy at the same time?
  • But it is also a problematic question since historical scholars have by no means come to any agreement on its answer.
  • But the more questions you ask about that, the more problematic it becomes.


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A thing that constitutes a problem or difficulty: the problematics of artificial intelligence
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  • Turning to Molière, Braider examines tensions obtaining between text and performance in Amphytrion, a play that thematizes the problematics of doubles.
  • The play is generally considered to stand alongside the work of Henry Miller for its insightful portrayal of the problematics of the American dream.
  • They had set a number of fundamental discursive premises that effectively circumscribed much of the subsequent political problematics.


Early 17th century: via French from late Latin problematicus, from Greek problēmatikos, from problēma (see problem).



Example sentences
  • When he was not drinking, his personality and control were not that problematical, he said.
  • Controlling access to food outside the home is even more problematical.
  • The straight-vote system is itself deeply problematical.


Pronunciation: /ˌpräbləˈmadək(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Challenging what she sees as Derrida's unjustifiably revisionist treatment of Marx's writing, Spivak problematically suggests that the true sense of Marx's writing can be discovered.
  • Secondly, even more problematically, PSA testing does not differentiate between aggressive and potentially fatal cancers, and those which might have had a benign course, never troubling their host.
  • More problematically, a number of works seemed forced within the parameters of the exhibition theme, or not sufficiently thought out to invoke a convincing sense of the fantastic.

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