Definition of problematic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌprɒbləˈmætɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌprɑːbləˈmætɪk//
(less frequent problematical
BrE BrE//ˌprɒbləˈmætɪkl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌprɑːbləˈmætɪkl//
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difficult to deal with or to understand; full of problems; not certain to be successful The situation is more problematic than we first thought. Which are the most problematic countries in the world for journalists? opposite unproblematic Word Originearly 17th cent.: via French from late Latin problematicus, from Greek problēmatikos, from problēma, from proballein ‘put forth’, from pro ‘before’ + ballein ‘to throw’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: problematic