questionable
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈkwɛst͡ʃənəbl̩/
Adjective

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,
      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,
      […] he had a love of money—a sort of acquisitiveness, that led him into questionable dealings.
  3. (obsolete) Inviting questions; inviting inquiry.
    • circa 1600 William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 4,
      Thou com’st in such a questionable shape
      That I will speak to thee.
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