Definition of problematic in English:


Line breaks: prob¦lem|at¦ic
Pronunciation: /prɒbləˈmatɪk



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  • A thing that constitutes a problem: 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.



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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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

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