Problematic meaning

prŏb'lə-măt'ĭk
The definition of problematic is something that creates or presents a difficulty, or that seems to be untrue, unlikely or incorrect.

When you are stranded on a dark street late at night and you have no money to call a cab or take a bus home and no phone to reach anyone, this is an example of a problematic situation.

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An unresolved problem or inherent difficulty, as in a field of study.
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Posing a problem; difficult to overcome or solve.
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Open to doubt; debatable.
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Not settled; unresolved or dubious.

A problematic future.

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Something that poses a problem or difficulty.
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Having the nature of a problem; hard to solve or deal with.
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Not settled; yet to be determined; uncertain.
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Debatable; open to doubt.
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Doubtful or uncertain in its outcome.
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(chiefly in the plural) A problem or difficulty in a particular field of study.
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Posing a problem; difficult to solve.

A repair that proved more problematic than first expected.

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Origin of problematic

Shortening of problematical, from Late Latin problematicus, from Ancient Greek προβληματικός (problÄ“matikos), from πρόβλημα (problÄ“ma, “outjutting, barrier, problem"), from προβάλλω (proballō, “I throw, place before"), from πρό (pro, “before") + βάλλω (ballō, “I throw, place").