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problematic

Line breaks: prob¦lem|at¦ic
Pronunciation: /prɒbləˈmatɪk
 
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Definition of problematic in English:

adjective

Constituting or presenting a problem: the situation was problematic for teachers
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
difficult, hard, problematical, taxing, troublesome, tricky, awkward, controversial, ticklish, complicated, complex, knotty, thorny, prickly, involved, intricate, vexed;
paradoxical, puzzling, baffling, perplexing
British informal dodgy

noun

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A thing that constitutes a problem: the problematics of artificial intelligence
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

problematical

1
adjective
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.

problematically

2
adverb
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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