problematic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French problématique, from Late Latin problematicus, from Ancient Greek προβληματικός (problēmatikós), from πρόβλημα (próblēma, outjutting, barrier, problem), from προβάλλω (probállō, I throw, place before), from πρό (pró, before) + βάλλω (bállō, I throw, place).

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problematic

  1. Posing a problem; having or suffering from problem(s):
    1. Difficult to overcome, solve, or decide.
      • 2010, The Future of Energy Use:
        However, estimating what consumers will pay in the future is problematic.
    2. Not settled, uncertain, of uncertain outcome; debatable, questionable, open to doubt.
      a problematic analysis
      it portends a problematic future for the movement
    3. Contributing (usually implicitly or subtly) to systemic discrimination (such as racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia).

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Noun[edit]

problematic (plural problematics)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) A problem or difficulty in a particular field of study.

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French problématique, Late Latin problematicus.

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problematic m, n (feminine singular problematică, masculine plural problematici, feminine and neuter plural problematice)

  1. problematic

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