problematical


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prob·lem·at·ic

 (prŏb′lə-măt′ĭk)
adj. also prob·lem·at·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Posing a problem; difficult to solve: a repair that proved more problematic than first expected.
2. Open to doubt; debatable: "if you ever get married, which seems to me extremely problematic" (Oscar Wilde).
3. Not settled; unresolved or dubious: a problematic future.
n.
Something that poses a problem or difficulty: "[a book that] poses the problematics of memory in another light altogether" (Daphne Merkin).

prob′lem·at′i·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.problematical - open to doubt or debate; "If you ever get married, which seems to be extremely problematic"
questionable - subject to question; "questionable motives"; "a questionable reputation"; "a fire of questionable origin"
2.problematical - making great mental demandsproblematical - making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"
difficult, hard - not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

problematical

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problematical

[ˌprɒbləˈmætɪkəl] adjproblématiqueproblem-free [ˌprɒbləmˈfriː] adjsans problèmeproblem page ncourrier m du cœurproblem-solving [ˈprɒbləmsɒlvɪŋ] nrésolution f de problèmes
an approach to problem-solving → une approche de la résolution de problèmes
References in classic literature ?
The doubt did not prevent him from dangling at the door-post, in my consciousness, and many a time I shunned the sight of this problematical suicide by keeping my eyes fastened on the book before me.
It is at least problematical, whether the decisions of this body do not, in several instances, misconstrue the limits prescribed for the legislative and executive departments, instead of reducing and limiting them within their constitutional places.
Neither is reason among them a point problematical, as with us, where men can argue with plausibility on both sides of the question, but strikes you with immediate conviction; as it must needs do, where it is not mingled, obscured, or discoloured, by passion and interest.
Standing armies, it is said, are not provided against in the new Constitution; and it is therefore inferred that they may exist under it.[1] Their existence, however, from the very terms of the proposition, is, at most, problematical and uncertain.
Hunt was problematical; the frigate intending to cruise along the coast for two years, and clear it of all American vessels.
That the problematical chastisement became to David an object of romantic interest.
In truth, it turned out to be one of those problematical whales that seem to dry up and die with a sort of prodigious dyspepsia, or indigestion; leaving their defunct bodies almost entirely bankrupt of anything like oil.
It was an elusive vision--a moment of bewildering darkness, and then, in a flash like daylight, the red masses of the Orphanage near the crest of the hill, the green tops of the pine trees, and this problematical object came out clear and sharp and bright.
The dangers of the jungle were more or less problematical, while the danger that menaced him at the hands of his companions was a perfectly well-known quantity, which might be expressed in terms of a few inches of cold steel, or the coil of a light rope.
Failing to connect with the missionary brig, the Western Cross, on which she would not have been eaten, Captain Van Horn had been compelled to keep her in the cramped quarters of the Arangi against a problematical future time when he would be able to turn her over to the missionaries.
How long he might have sat there to recover his breath is problematical, for he rose as rapidly as his stoutness would permit, spurred on by Michael's teeth already sunk into the fleshy part of his shoulder.
Believe me, and take comfort, this is better for me than tons of gold and cases of diamonds, even were they not as problematical as the clouds we see in the morning floating over the sea, which we take for terra firma, and which evaporate and vanish as we draw near to them.