Definition of questionable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwesCHənəb(ə)l/


1Doubtful as regards truth or quality: [with clause]: it is questionable whether any of these exceptions is genuine
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  • Police say it is questionable whether Leeds has a bigger problem than other cities.
  • It is very questionable whether either the farmer or consumer has got true value for this investment.
  • If he had stayed on in South Africa, it is questionable whether he would have had the opportunities to develop.
controversial, contentious, doubtful, dubious, uncertain, debatable, arguable;
unverified, unprovable, unresolved, unconvincing, implausible, improbable;
borderline, marginal, moot
informal iffy
1.1Not clearly honest, honorable, or wise: a few men of allegedly questionable character
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  • They also had to be willing to engage in a morally suspect and legally questionable act.
  • Not only was her action a breach of her visa but was highly unethical and morally questionable.
  • It is a view which may be inconsistent, it may be morally questionable and even plain wrong.
suspicious, suspect, dubious, irregular, odd, strange, murky, dark, unsavory, disreputable
informal funny, fishy, shady, iffy



Pronunciation: /ˌkwesCHənəˈbilətē/
Example sentences
  • In experiencing uncanniness, the ruination and questionability of life are encountered.
  • With so many possible reasons for her bad behaviour and the questionability of Charlie's existence, her acting takes full advantage of an unique position of being both victim and potential villain.
  • Its questionability is supported by the fact that the Buddha urged that one should refrain from taking any such ontological position with regard to the self or of the world.


Pronunciation: /ˈkwesCH(ə)nəbəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • Leave aside the questionableness of the specific accusation for the moment.
  • The heterogeneity among studies for the latter outcome (P = 0.0002) indicates the questionableness of the generalizability of this estimate.
  • That does not change the questionableness of the protest's method.


Pronunciation: /ˈkwesCH(ə)nəblē/
Example sentences
  • Yet the police have decided to act questionably in arresting peaceful protestors who only want to save the trees and find innovative ways to manage the city's traffic.
  • Her questionably close relationship with her son creates another strand of the drama which audiences in the late 19th century found challenging.
  • The presence, in the Gallery's reconstruction, of half-lengths of St Paul and, questionably, of St Andrew is hard to explain.

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Syllabification: ques·tion·a·ble

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