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questionableness

Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or condition of being questionable; dubiousness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being questionable, doubtful, or suspicious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or state of being questionable, doubtful, or suspicious.

Etymologies

questionable +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As regards a woman, for instance, the control over her body and her sexual gratification serves as an amply sufficient sign of ownership and possession to the more modest man; another with a more suspicious and ambitious thirst for possession, sees the "questionableness," the mere apparentness of such ownership, and wishes to have finer tests in order to know especially whether the woman not only gives herself to him, but also gives up for his sake what she has or would like to have -- only THEN does he look upon her as "possessed."

    Beyond Good and Evil

  • Good to see many commenting on the questionableness of a "hunt" that ends in a 300 yard shot.

    The Great Overbore Conundrum

  • Ramsey quotes Barth on Romans to the effect that 'the oneness of God triumphs over the whole questionableness of the Church's history'.

    Ramsey Lecture - Durham - 'The Lutheran Catholic'

  • But then -- and the media will surround him with some aura of questionableness because of "The Terminator" and all that.

    CNN Transcript Aug 6, 2003

  • It never entered his mind that here was a matter which from its extreme questionableness, it was his duty as a loyal blue-jacket to report in the proper quarter.

    Billy Budd

  • "It was not," he said, "so much the questionableness of the play; what shocked me most was the horrible levity of the audience, the laughter with which every indecent allusion was greeted."

    Mike Fletcher A Novel

  • The national fancy for sport was in about its healthiest condition, emerging from one state of questionableness and not yet plunged in another.

    The English Novel

  • Vicar had dwelt on the difficulty of accepting revelation as the voice of God, on account of the long distance of time between us, and the questionableness of the supporting testimony.

    Rousseau (Volume 1 and 2)

  • Romanticism and sublimity of moral questionableness -- and consequently just the most attractive, ensnaring, and exquisite element in those iridescences and allurements to life, in the aftersheen of which the sky of our European culture, its evening sky, now glows -- perhaps glows out.

    Beyond Good and Evil

  • They divined in him -- and as it were behind the questionableness of his frail and wretched appearance -- the superior force which wished to test itself by such a subjugation; the strength of will, in which they recognized their own strength and love of power, and knew how to honour it: they honoured something in themselves when they honoured the saint.

    Beyond Good and Evil

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