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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.
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Adv.1.problematically - in such a way as to pose a problem
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References in classic literature ?
The similarity between the words "sandlotter" and "sansculotte" is problematically significant, but indubitably suggestive.
Owen Aldridge's "Benjamin Franklin: The Fusion of Science and Letters," similarly privileges science as unproblematically magisterial, and valorizes literature as problematically contingent.
It is less experientially dynamic than preacherly, composed largely of exegetical and homiletic poems which are only problematically meditative.
There is very little, if any, cumulative effect achieved beyond the banal one that changes are happening and that their effects are challenging particular states to adapt their ideas and behavior and, more problematically, that these changes may generate new structures that should alter our basic mindset about the character of world order.
Freed asserts, quite problematically, that Frederick was illiterate.
Formerly neglected and emerging voices from the region are now circulating in the international art market thanks to both a surge of private galleries, art fairs, biennials, and museums opening in the Middle East and a swell of interest in the West, as evidenced by exhibitions (albeit problematically titled ones) such as "Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East" at Saatchi Gallery in 2009; "Light from the Middle East: New Photography" at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2012-13; "The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society," organized by the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art in 2012; and "Come Invest in Us.
Sarah Wadd, Director of the Substance Misuse and Ageing Research Team at the University of Bedfordshire, said: "We might be on the cusp of an epidemic of people drinking problematically in old age."
Indeed, one piece is problematically titled, "Even Smart Women Hate Losing Their Youthful Looks." However, Katherine Weissman counters this by proposing that we should strive to "grow old like trees, without shame or loathing."
The second section plays more problematically, with less likable characters whose beliefs are as unshakable as those held by the policemen, but depicted as less rational given their privileged backgrounds and puerile reasoning.
Problematically, propositionalism can neither account for desires irreducible to a state of affairs the desirer could seek to produce (like desires for a person or for God), nor for direct desires to engage in intrinsically valuable activities like friendship, conversation or philosophy.
The number of people using heroin problematically continues to grow.