adj. also prob·lem·at·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Posing a problem; difficult to solve: a repair that proved more problematic than first expected.
2. Open to doubt; debatable: "if you ever get married, which seems to me extremely problematic" (Oscar Wilde).
3. Not settled; unresolved or dubious: a problematic future.
Something that poses a problem or difficulty: "[a book that] poses the problematics of memory in another light altogether" (Daphne Merkin).
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