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[prob-luh-mat-ik] /ˌprɒb ləˈmæt ɪk/

of the nature of a ; doubtful; uncertain; questionable.
having the nature or appearance of a problem; questionable
(logic, obsolete) (of a proposition) asserting that a property may or may not hold Compare apodeictic (sense 2), assertoric

c.1600, “doubtful, questionable,” from French problematique (15c.), from Late Latin problematicus, from Greek problematikos “pertaining to a problem,” from problematos, genitive of problema (see problem). Specific sense in logic, differentiating what is possible from what is necessarily true, is from 1610s. Related: Problematical (1560s); problematically.


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