problematical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj problematical making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe "a baffling problem","I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast","a problematic situation at home"
    • adj problematical open to doubt or debate "If you ever get married, which seems to be extremely problematic"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Problematical Having the nature of a problem; not shown in fact; questionable; uncertain; unsettled; doubtful. "Diligent inquiries into remote and problematical guilt leave a gate wide open to . . . informers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • problematical Same as problematic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Problematical of the nature of a problem: questionable: doubtful
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Quotations

  • Adrienne Rich
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    “The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. problematicus, Gr. : cf. F. problématique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. problēmapro, before, ballein, to throw.

Usage

In literature:

Engaging Iran is problematic, especially given the state of the U.S.-Iranian relationship.
"The Iraq Study Group Report" by United States Institute for Peace
As to my right, that's problematic.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
Nothing was more problematic, for the notion was that land had been seen extending far to the westward.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Reconciliation is problematic; may be possible, or, far more likely, is impossible.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
What might happen later was problematical, but so far Brimfield had solved Elliston fairly well.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Whether they move or do not move is a problematical matter.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
But one form was not shadowy, nor problematical.
"Ravensdene Court" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
But success in this direction is problematical, to say the least.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
She was fond of these problematical speculations.
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
It's problematical how long we'll be able to hold them off, at this rate.
"Medal of Honor" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
As it is, the benefit from these charities is problematical.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
She wants to leave it here for me and my problematical children.
"Master of the Vineyard" by Myrtle Reed
The special value of medicated salts advertised under various trade names as preventives against worms is problematical.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Both of these groups are fragments, so use is again problematical.
"A Burial Cave in Baja California" by William C. Massey
Bill sighed as he told himself that poor Jess's chances were problematical.
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
And even this "might have been" is problematical.
"The Intellectual Life" by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
A fortune I would have given for a dinner and a bed, which now seemed more problematic than ever.
"A Frenchman in America" by Max O'Rell
Whether or not he had ever learned or guessed that Sara Law was the wife of Whitaker, remained problematic.
"The Destroying Angel" by Louis Joseph Vance
In his presence disappointment became a problematical thing; she knew herself to be abundantly content.
"An Unknown Lover" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
She did not care so much about Dick's very problematic discomfort.
"The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
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In poetry:

So turn him over on his toes again;
Four pin-point toes, and a problematical thumb-piece,
Four rowing limbs, and one wedge-balancing head,
Four and one makes five, which is the clue to all mathematics.
"Tortoise Shell" by D H Lawrence
A rainy day in camp! and you wonder how the C. P.
And the G. T. competition will affect the Golden West--
But these problematic matters only tend to make you sleepy,
And again beneath the blankets, like a babe you sink to rest.
"A Rainy Day In Camp" by William Henry Drummond

In news:

If you're looking for an additional opportunity to manage problematic weeds, applying herbicides after harvest could be a good idea.
This week fishing in the Naples and Marco area has been outstanding except for some problematic wind.
Few circumstances confront the psychiatrist with more complex, painful, and potentially problematic clinical dilemmas and challenges than the treatment of the incest victim.
Sophomore guard's individual struggles last Friday were particularly problematic in loss to Marist More.
Chronic health issues became more problematic during the last couple of years but Anna Lou 's passing was unexpected.
Release of reputed Zumba madam 's client list is problematic for those with same names.
ANTI-CORRUPTION: The transport minister promised to finish a probe into problematic construction bids in three months and present the results to the legislature.
Playing with a big lead proved problematic for No 12 Northwest Missouri State in its MIAA opener against Lindenwood.
Reflexive Bipartisanship Is Just as Problematic as Obstruction .
(CNN) — Climate change, we've all heard, is problematic.
Those familiar with gang injunctions, including law enforcement, know that such injunctions are as problematic as they are helpful.
Problematic patterns puncture Dallas' rally.
Schaub's status remains problematic for Texans.
Virginia's Primary May Be Problematic For Front-Runner.
Payment Card Security Compliance Remains Problematic : Verizon Report.
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In science:

With improved data the contours will become wholly distinct from the problematic region (the best fit should lie elsewhere since our universe did form structure).
Is Dark Energy Dynamical? Prospects for an Answer
However in the broken phase the energy is not reproduced by the (lattice version of the) form √k2 + const (see Fig.7) and thus the very notion of ‘mass’ becomes problematic.
Large logarithmic rescaling of the scalar condensate: a subtlety with substantial phenomenological implications
In fact, where the energy is not reproduced by the (lattice version of the) form √k2 + const., the very notion of mass becomes problematic.
Large logarithmic rescaling of the scalar condensate: a subtlety with substantial phenomenological implications
The argument connecting the continuity of the backbone order parameter with the complexity of decision problems is problematic, and what we rigorously show is that — with no physical considerations in mind — the intuitive connection holds instead for the spine.
Spines of Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems: Definition and Connection with Computational Complexity
Therefore, while the 4.5-µm data point for TrES-1 implies that CO has been detected, the exact fit is problematic.
Theoretical Interpretation of the Measurements of the Secondary Eclipses of TrES-1 and HD209458b
Most problematic of all is OSLN’s claim that their results are universal.
Comment on "Jamming at zero temperature and zero applied stress: The epitome of disorder"
Distances to Galactic RCB stars are problematic, and thus distant-dependent properties of these poorly-understood ob jects, such as absolute luminosity, are also problematic.
R CrB Candidates in the Small Magellanic Cloud: Observations of Cold, Featureless Dust with the Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph
The S -dual picture would have been problematic if the E8 × E8 string had an endpoint.
Open Heterotic Strings
Furthermore, in many cases sequencing of external interactions can be problematic.
How Time Works in Quantum Systems: Overview of time ordering and time correlation in weakly perturbed atomic collisions and in strongly perturbed qubits
Note that the maximum in (31) is over all of a, including the problematic region where |ai − aj | get small.
Random partitions and instanton counting
The algorithm works well in general, but there are some problematic cases, for example where the target is a source from the secondary calibrator catalogue.
Data storage, processing and visualisation for the ATCA
While sequences of random variables are a well defined concept within the framework of probability theory, the notion of ”randomness” in a sequence of numbers produced by a deterministic algorithm is problematic and requires proper definition.
Design Flaws in the Implementation of the Ziggurat and Monty Python methods (and some remarks on Matlab randn)
The problematic of this paper was motivated by a lecture of Prof. M.
Convex geometry of max-stable distributions
However in §5 we will find that the resulting derivative is problematic when applied on a generalized vector field and we have to add an extra correction term.
Generalized forms and vector fields
In a significant fraction of our quasars, it is however problematic to estimate accurately the width of the broad part of the hydrogen line.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
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