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problematize Line breaks: prob¦lem|atize
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒbləmətʌɪz/
(also problematise)

Definition of problematize in English:


[with object]
Make into or regard as a problem requiring a solution: he problematized the concept of history
More example sentences
  • Yet even in these reconstructive narratives, each solution is heavily problematized, placed under scrutiny and found wanting.
  • In an increasingly globalising world, the concept of diaspora problematises the question of identity.
  • So again, the maxim of relation is broken, he's not answering Faulkner's question, which is quite explicit, but rather again, problematizing the number of people involved, and therefore avoiding answering the question.


Pronunciation: /prɒbləmətʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Fisk's interrogation of the notion of ‘enemy lines’ points to a far broader problematization of geography in the war and its mediation.
  • Personally, I would have preferred to wrap ‘protect’ and ‘confidence’ in the punctuation of problematisation.
  • The field has moved away from these pioneer beginnings, both geographically and theoretically, as is perhaps most clearly indicated by the gradual problematization of the concept of wilderness.

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