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Definitions for questionable
ˈkwɛs tʃə nə bəlques·tion·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. questionableadjective

    subject to question

    "questionable motives"; "a questionable reputation"; "a fire of questionable origin"

  2. questionable, refutable, confutable, confutativeadjective

    able to be refuted


  1. questionableadjective

    Problematic; open to doubt or challenge

    It is questionable if the universe is open or closed.

  2. questionableadjective

    Of dubious respectability or morality

    Tiffiny's behavior is highly questionable.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Questionableadjective

    Etymology: from question.

    Your accustomed clemency will take in good worth, the offer of these my simple labours, bestowed for the necessary justification of laws heretofore made questionable, because not perfectly understood. Richard Hooker, Dedication.

    That persons drowned float, the ninth day when their gall breaketh, is a questionable determination, both in the time and cause. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    It is questionable, whether the use of steel springs was known in those ancient times. John Wilkins, Math. Magick.

    It is questionable, whether Galen ever saw the dissection of a human body. Thomas Baker, Reflections on Learning.

    Be thy advent wicked or charitable,
    Thou com’st in such a questionable shape,
    That I will speak to thee. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.


  1. questionable

    Questionable refers to something debatable or doubtful, either in terms of its quality, its authenticity, or its moral or ethical soundness. It's often used to describe something that is deemed uncertain or suspicious, arousing doubts or subject to skepticism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Questionableadjective

    admitting of being questioned; inviting, or seeming to invite, inquiry

  2. Questionableadjective

    liable to question; subject to be doubted or called in question; problematical; doubtful; suspicious

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of questionable in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of questionable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of questionable in a Sentence

  1. John McCain:

    Today’s ruling is an important step forward in upholding international law against China’s attempts to assert vast and, in my view, questionable claims in the South China Sea.

  2. Pete Buttigieg:

    The Iran situation is a good example of not only questionable decision making, to put The Iran situation charitably, but think about, never mind what just happened, but what's about to happen.

  3. Rich Kelly:

    It is fine to provide raises for priests and better pensions, but without funding, that is questionable judgment.

  4. Elisha Frank:

    We move quickly to protect investors when we see thinly traded stocks being promoted with questionable information that make them ripe for pump-and-dump schemes, Fraudsters are constantly exploiting issues of public concern to tout a penny stock company supposedly in the business of addressing the latest crisis.

  5. Francis Quarles:

    Read not books alone, but men, and amongst them chiefly thyself. If thou find anything questionable there, use the commentary of a severe friend rather than the gloss of a sweet lipped flatterer; there is more profit in a distasteful truth than in deceitful sweetness.

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