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That can or should be questioned or doubted; open to doubt
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  1. That can or should be questioned or doubted; open to doubt
  2. Not yet determined or specified.
  3. Not definitely as specified; uncertain
Posing a problem; difficult to solve:
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  1. Posing a problem; difficult to solve:
  2. Having the nature of a problem; hard to solve or deal with
  3. Not settled; yet to be determined; uncertain
Indefinite in shape, form, or character; hazily or indistinctly seen or sensed
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  1. Indefinite in shape, form, or character; hazily or indistinctly seen or sensed
  2. Not clearly, precisely, or definitely expressed or stated
  3. Not sharp, certain, or precise in thought, feeling, or expression
Not separate or separable; not clearly marked off; not plainly defined
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  1. Not separate or separable; not clearly marked off; not plainly defined
  2. Not seen, heard, or perceived clearly; faint; dim; obscure
  3. Hazy; vague:
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  1. Not easy to see or read; indecipherable or unreadable.
  2. Ambiguous; liable to more than one interpretation.
  3. Not clearly defined; not explicit.
Without limit; forever, or until further notice; not definite.
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  1. Without limit; forever, or until further notice; not definite.
  2. Undecided or uncertain.
  3. Unclear; vague.
  1. Not determined; not settled; not decided.
  2. Not yet determined; undecided:
  3. Not limited; not defined; indeterminate.
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  1. In doubt, under dispute.
  2. Under consideration, under discussion.
Characterized by a mixture of opposing elements and therefore questionable or uncertain:
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  1. Characterized by a mixture of opposing elements and therefore questionable or uncertain:
  2. Uncertain; undecided; doubtful
  3. Uncertain, as an indication or sign; doubtful, incongruous.
Lacking confidence.
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  1. Lacking confidence.
  2. Uncertain
  3. Uncertain of the facts.
Lacking clarity or precision, as in meaning; vague:
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  1. Lacking clarity or precision, as in meaning; vague:
  2. Not accurately determined or determinable.
  3. Imprecise or vague.
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  1. Of a person, argumentative.
  2. A fitting subject for debate.
  3. Controversial. Not fully proved, open to debate, sometimes used humorously.
Tending to theorize; speculative
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  1. Tending to theorize; speculative
  2. Studying or working to develop theory.
  3. Restricted to theory; not practical or applied:
  1. Uncertain or chancy.
  2. (Informal) Not definite; containing doubtful elements; dependent upon varying conditions
  3. Doubtful; uncertain:
Of questionable character:
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  1. Of questionable character:
  2. Arousing doubt; doubtful:
  3. Feeling doubt; hesitating; skeptical
Not easily persuaded or convinced; doubting; questioning
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  1. Not easily persuaded or convinced; doubting; questioning
  2. Marked by or given to doubt; questioning:
  3. Having, or expressing doubt; questioning.
That is not decided or settled
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  1. That is not decided or settled
  2. Not having come to a decision; irresolute
  3. Open and not yet settled or determined.
Lacking confidence.
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  1. Lacking confidence.
  2. Uncertain
  3. Uncertain of the facts.
Exhibiting or feeling ambivalence.
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  1. Exhibiting or feeling ambivalence.
Not specifically known or ascertained:
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  1. Not specifically known or ascertained:
  2. Not determined; not settled; not decided.
  3. Not yet determined; undecided:
Liable to vary or change; not dependable or reliable
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  1. Liable to vary or change; not dependable or reliable
  2. Subject to change; variable:
  3. Not yet determined; undecided.
Likely to change or vary; variable:
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  1. Likely to change or vary; variable:
  2. Not determined or resolved:
  3. Uncertain or doubtful:
Chaotic; jumbled:
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  1. Chaotic; jumbled:
  2. Lacking logical order or sense:
  3. Being unable to think with clarity or act with understanding and intelligence.
Mentally or emotionally upset or unbalanced
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  1. Mentally or emotionally upset or unbalanced
  2. Unsettled, broken up, or altered in structure or function:
  3. Being or resulting from being emotionally or mentally troubled:
Having not been or unlikely to be won; unsuccessful:
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  1. Having not been or unlikely to be won; unsuccessful:
  2. No longer in existence; vanished or spent:
  3. Beyond recovery or redemption; fallen or destroyed:
Filled with confusion or bewilderment; puzzled.
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  1. Filled with confusion or bewilderment; puzzled.
  2. Full of complications or difficulty; involved.
  3. Confused or puzzled.
Confused, befuddled, in a state of panic by having become overwrought with confusion.
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  1. Confused, befuddled, in a state of panic by having become overwrought with confusion.
Hesitating or undecided; vacillating; doubtful
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  1. Hesitating or undecided; vacillating; doubtful
  2. Inclined or tending to hesitate.
  1. Having one's attention diverted; preoccupied
  2. Suffering conflicting emotions; distraught.
  3. Unable to give proper attention to or concentrate on, as because of mental disturbance, anxiety, etc.
(Idiomatic) Undecided or unsure; equivocating; conflicted in one's opinions.
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Wavering or tending to waver in motion, opinion, etc.
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  1. Wavering or tending to waver in motion, opinion, etc.
  2. Liable to vacillate; wavering, irresolute.
Not clearly defined; indefinite:
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  1. Not clearly defined; indefinite:
  2. (Of a person) Not decisive; not marked by promptness or decision.
  3. (Of a contest etc.) inconclusive or uncertain
Unsure of how to act or proceed; undecided.
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  1. Unsure of how to act or proceed; undecided.
  2. Not resolute; wavering in decision, purpose, or opinion; indecisive; vacillating
  3. Indecisive or lacking in resolution
Doubtful or noncommittal:
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  1. Doubtful or noncommittal:
  2. Not committed to a particular view, concept, method, etc.; neutral
  3. (Computers) Operable or functioning using any operating system or other digital technology. Often used in combination:
Not keeping faith; dishonest; disloyal
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  1. Not keeping faith; dishonest; disloyal
  2. Not true to duty or obligation; disloyal or unfaithful.
  3. Breaking trust in a marriage or relationship by having sexual relations with someone other than one's spouse or sexual partner.
Causing or giving rise to distrust.
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  1. Causing or giving rise to distrust.
  2. Marked by distrust; doubtful; suspicious.
  3. Feeling or showing doubt.
Skeptical; disbelieving:
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  1. Skeptical; disbelieving:
  2. Showing doubt or disbelief
  3. Unwilling or unable to believe; doubting; skeptical
Of or relating to the Cynics, a sect of ancient Greek philosophers who believed virtue to be the only good and self-control to be the only means of achieving virtue.
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  1. Of or relating to the Cynics, a sect of ancient Greek philosophers who believed virtue to be the only good and self-control to be the only means of achieving virtue.
  2. Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others:
  3. Concerned only with one's own interests and disregarding accepted standards to achieve them: A cynical fool
(Idiomatic) Bewitched, held by the power of a magical spell.
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  1. (Idiomatic) Bewitched, held by the power of a magical spell.
Irresolute or indecisive:
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  1. Irresolute or indecisive:
  2. Weak; feeble; dull
  3. Lacking in purpose; weak or ineffective:
Feeling doubt; hesitating; skeptical
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  1. Feeling doubt; hesitating; skeptical
  2. Of questionable character:
  3. Arousing doubt; doubtful:
  1. Dishonest; deceitful
  2. Of or like a sneak; underhanded
  3. Difficult to catch due to constantly outwitting the adversaries
Lacking respectability, as in character, behavior, or appearance.
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  1. Lacking respectability, as in character, behavior, or appearance.
  2. Not fit to be seen; dirty, shabby, etc.
  3. Not respectable, lacking repute; discreditable
Of dubious character, morality, or legality; questionable:
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  1. Of dubious character, morality, or legality; questionable:
  2. (Slang) Not trustworthy; Unfit to be seen or known.
  3. Full of shade; shaded:
Open to more than one interpretation:
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  1. Open to more than one interpretation:
  2. Not clear; indefinite; vague
  3. Doubtful or uncertain:
Verging on a given quality or condition:
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  1. Verging on a given quality or condition:
  2. (Psychiatry) Relating to a personality disorder characterized by a long-standing pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, behavior, mood, and self-image that can interfere with social or occupational functioning or cause extreme emotional distress.
  3. Nearly; not clearly on one side or the other of a border or boundary, ambiguous.
(Scot.) Bringing good luck
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  1. (Scot.) Bringing good luck
  2. Subject to chance; random
  3. Risky; uncertain
Filled with clouds.
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  1. Filled with clouds.
  2. Unknown, surrounded in mystery.
Of questionable character:
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  1. Of questionable character:
  2. Feeling doubt; hesitating; skeptical
  3. Arousing doubt; doubtful:
Subject to doubt or question; uncertain.
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  1. Subject to doubt or question; uncertain.
  2. That is to be doubted; uncertain
Characterized by a mixture of opposing elements and therefore questionable or uncertain:
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  1. Characterized by a mixture of opposing elements and therefore questionable or uncertain:
  2. Uncertain, as an indication or sign; doubtful, incongruous.
  3. Uncertain; undecided; doubtful
Not conclusive, not leading to a conclusion
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  1. Not conclusive, not leading to a conclusion
  2. Not conclusive:
  3. Not conclusive or final; not leading to a definite result
Prone to or characterized by indecision; irresolute:
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  1. Prone to or characterized by indecision; irresolute:
  2. (Of a person) Not decisive; not marked by promptness or decision.
  3. (Of a contest etc.) inconclusive or uncertain
  1. Not accurately determined or determinable.
  2. Lacking clarity or precision, as in meaning; vague:
  3. Not yet settled, concluded, or known; doubtful or inconclusive
Having the nature of a problem; hard to solve or deal with
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  1. Having the nature of a problem; hard to solve or deal with
  2. Not settled; unresolved or dubious:
  3. Not settled; yet to be determined; uncertain
That can or should be questioned or doubted; open to doubt
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  1. That can or should be questioned or doubted; open to doubt
  2. Not yet determined or specified.
  3. Not definitely as specified; uncertain
  1. Not known for certain; questionable.
  2. Subject to change; variable:
  3. Not determined; undecided:
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  1. Ambiguous; liable to more than one interpretation.
  2. Not easy to see or read; indecipherable or unreadable.
  3. Not clearly defined; not explicit.
Lacking confidence.
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  1. Lacking confidence.
  2. Uncertain
  3. Uncertain of the facts.
  1. Uncertain or chancy.
  2. (Informal) Not definite; containing doubtful elements; dependent upon varying conditions
  3. Doubtful; uncertain:
Not likely to be true.
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  1. Not likely to be true.
  2. Not likely to happen.
  3. Not probable; not likely to happen or be true; unlikely
That can or should be questioned or doubted; open to doubt
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  1. That can or should be questioned or doubted; open to doubt
  2. Not yet determined or specified.
  3. Not definitely as specified; uncertain
Not suitable or appropriate.
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  1. Not suitable or appropriate.
  2. Not apt, inappropriate, unsuited.
  3. Not likely or inclined
Not likely; improbable; not to be reasonably expected; as, an unlikely event; the thing you mention is very unlikely. Not holding out a prospect of success; likely to fail; unpromising; as, unlikely means.
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  1. Not likely; improbable; not to be reasonably expected; as, an unlikely event; the thing you mention is very unlikely. Not holding out a prospect of success; likely to fail; unpromising; as, unlikely means.
  2. Not likely to happen or be true; improbable
Of questionable character:
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  1. Of questionable character:
  2. Feeling doubt; hesitating; skeptical
  3. Arousing doubt; doubtful:
Not easily persuaded or convinced; doubting; questioning
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  1. Not easily persuaded or convinced; doubting; questioning
  2. Marked by or given to doubt; questioning:
  3. Having, or expressing doubt; questioning.
  1. Not known for certain; questionable.
  2. Subject to change; variable:
  3. Not determined; undecided:
Not having come to a decision; irresolute
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  1. Not having come to a decision; irresolute
  2. Not having reached a decision; uncommitted:
  3. Open and not yet settled or determined.
Lacking confidence.
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  1. Lacking confidence.
  2. Uncertain
  3. Uncertain of the facts.
(Colloquial) Open to doubt, argument or debate.
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  1. (Colloquial) Open to doubt, argument or debate.
  2. That which can be argued; i.e., that which can be proven or strongly supported with sound logical deduction, precedent, and evidence.
  3. Open to argument:
Being such that formal argument or discussion is possible.
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  1. Being such that formal argument or discussion is possible.
  2. A fitting subject for debate.
  3. That can be questioned or disputed
Of opinions, propositions or questions, subject to dispute; not settled.
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  1. Of opinions, propositions or questions, subject to dispute; not settled.
  2. That can be disputed; debatable
Liable to exception; open to objection
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  1. Liable to exception; open to objection
  2. Liable to cause disapproval, objection or debate
Of an issue, that it is not currently a controversy able to be decided, typically because it was resolved or otherwise removed from the court’s purview by an intervening act or occurrence. Of an issue, that it is not currently a controversy able to be decided, typically because it was resolved or otherwise removed from the court’s purview by an intervening act or occurrence.
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  1. Of an issue, that it is not currently a controversy able to be decided, typically because it was resolved or otherwise removed from the court’s purview by an intervening act or occurrence. Of an issue, that it is not currently a controversy able to be decided, typically because it was resolved or otherwise removed from the court’s purview by an intervening act or occurrence.
  2. Subject to debate; arguable or unsettled:
  3. (Law) Not presenting an open legal question, as a result of the occurrence of some event definitively resolving the issue, or the absence of a genuine case or controversy.
Capable of being mooted.
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  1. Capable of being mooted.
  2. Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Posing a problem; difficult to solve:
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  1. Posing a problem; difficult to solve:
  2. Not settled; unresolved or dubious:
  3. Not settled; yet to be determined; uncertain
Not yet determined or specified.
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  1. Not yet determined or specified.
  2. That can or should be questioned or doubted; open to doubt
  3. Not definitely as specified; uncertain
  1. Not known for certain; questionable.
  2. Subject to change; variable:
  3. Not determined; undecided:
Characterized by a mixture of opposing elements and therefore questionable or uncertain:
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  1. Characterized by a mixture of opposing elements and therefore questionable or uncertain:
  2. Uncertain, as an indication or sign; doubtful, incongruous.
  3. Uncertain; undecided; doubtful
That can or should be questioned or doubted; open to doubt
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  1. That can or should be questioned or doubted; open to doubt
  2. Not yet determined or specified.
  3. Not definitely as specified; uncertain
Of dubious character, morality, or legality; questionable:
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  1. Of dubious character, morality, or legality; questionable:
  2. Full of shade; shaded:
  3. (Slang) Not trustworthy; Unfit to be seen or known.
Open to or viewed with suspicion:
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  1. Open to or viewed with suspicion:
  2. Viewed with suspicion; suspected
Tending habitually to suspect, esp. to suspect evil
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  1. Tending habitually to suspect, esp. to suspect evil
  2. Arousing or apt to arouse suspicion; questionable:
  3. Arousing or likely to arouse suspicion in others
  1. Not known for certain; questionable.
  2. Not determined; undecided:
  3. Subject to change; variable:
Like a fish in odor, taste, etc., specif., strongly or undesirably so
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  1. Like a fish in odor, taste, etc., specif., strongly or undesirably so
  2. Expressing doubt or suspicion
  3. (Informal) Causing doubt or suspicion; questionable

Synonym Study

  • Problematic implies only uncertainty with no suggestion of a moral question a problematic success
  • Questionable strictly suggests only that there is some reason for doubt, but it is often used as a euphemism to imply strong suspicion, almost amounting to certainty, of immorality, dishonesty, etc. a questionable reputation
  • Dubious is less strong, suggesting merely vague suspicion or hesitancy dubious about the future
  • Doubtful implies strong uncertainty as to the probability, value, honesty, validity, etc. of something a doubtful remedy
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