questionable

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Etymology[edit]

question +‎ -able

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkwɛst͡ʃənəbl̩/
  • Hyphenation: ques‧tio‧nable

Adjective[edit]

questionable (comparative more questionable, superlative most questionable)

  1. Problematic; open to doubt or challenge.
    It is questionable if the universe is open or closed.
    • 1881, Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady, London: Macmillan, Volume I, Chapter 3, p. 28,[1]
      A crude, cold rain was falling heavily; the spring-time presented itself as a questionable improvement.
  2. Of dubious respectability or morality.
    Tiffiny’s behavior is highly questionable.
    • 1920, Carolyn Wells, Raspberry Jam, Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, Chapter 18, p. 302,[2]
      [] he had a love of money—a sort of acquisitiveness, that led him into questionable dealings.
  3. (obsolete) Inviting questions; inviting inquiry.

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