problematic

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See also: problemàtic

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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 (sometimes especially if implicitly or subtly) to systemic discrimination (such as racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia).
  2. (logic, dated) Only affirming the possibility that a predicate be actualised.

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

  1. problematic

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