• (RP) IPA: /ˌpɹɒbləˈmætɪk/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌpɹɑbləˈmætɪk/
  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 (usually implicitly or subtly) to systemic discrimination (such as racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia).
      • 2015 April 10, Paige Tutt, [// Apple’s new diverse emoji are even more problematic than before: Racialized emoji insert race into texts and tweets where it never would have arisen before]
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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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