from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Posing a problem; difficult to solve: a repair that proved more problematic than first expected.
- adj. Open to doubt; debatable: "if you ever get married, which seems to me extremely problematic” ( Oscar Wilde).
- adj. Not settled; unresolved or dubious: a problematic future.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. posing a problem; difficult to overcome or solve
- adj. debatable; open to doubt
- adj. unresolved or dubious
- adj. doubtful or uncertain in its outcome
- n. A problem or difficulty in a particular field of study
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the nature of a problem; not shown in fact; questionable; uncertain; unsettled; doubtful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the nature of a problem; questionable; uncertain; unsettled; disputable; doubtful.
- In logic, of the nature of a question, possible or doubtful.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
- adj. open to doubt or debate
Shortening of problematical, from Late Latin problematicus, from Ancient Greek προβληματικός (problēmatikos), from πρόβλημα (problēma, "outjutting, barrier, problem"), from προβάλλω (proballō, "I throw, place before"), from πρό (pro, "before") + βάλλω (ballō, "I throw, place"). (Wiktionary)