Problematic Prob`lem*at"ic, Problematical Prob`lem*at"ic*al, a. [L. problematicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. probl['e]matique.] Having the nature of a problem; not shown in fact; questionable; uncertain; unsettled; doubtful. -- {Prob`lem*at"ic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

Diligent inquiries into remote and problematical guilt leave a gate wide open to . . . informers. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

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  • problematical — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. questionable, unsettled, perplexing; uncertain, enigmatic. See doubt. Ant., clear, unclouded. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. In doubt or dispute: arguable, contested, debatable, disputable,… …   English dictionary for students

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