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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Problematize To propose problems. "Hear him problematize ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • problematize To propose problems.
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  • Adrienne Rich
    “The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.”


In literature:

Should they make peace, still our fate is problematical.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The yet uncrowned King of France regarded the chances of being able to hold his own in France as highly problematical.
"Joan of Arc" by Ronald Sutherland Gower
The effect of this whole body of anti-trust legislation, in spite of much labor on it, remained problematical.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
It seems still problematical what this object may be.
"Animal Figures in the Maya Codices" by Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
But all this is problematical.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
And just as there is nothing really problematic in Shaw's mind, so there is nothing really paradoxical.
"George Bernard Shaw" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
Elena's answer threw a sudden search-light upon much that was problematical before.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
This is a case of the genuinely problematic kind.
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
Religion teaches the individual to place all hope, all desire, in a problematical hereafter.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
Speak as I might, Goethe, to the great majority of you would remain problematic, vague; no impression but a false one could be realised.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
The moment you get down to the real basis of anything, it will dissolve into a thousand problematic constituents.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
It is, however, somewhat problematical how far such anticipations will be realized.
"On the Genesis of Species" by St. George Mivart
A problematical smile lit up the faces of several of the girls who caught the significance of this suggestion.
"Campfire Girls at Twin Lakes" by Stella M. Francis
The future of woman's suffrage is more problematical.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
But they were anxious withal; for the success of his comrade's scheme was yet problematical.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Unless she could make good her escape, her capture or destruction was scarcely problematical.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
For the present moment, though, he was a trifle problematic in his attractions.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
There was in the air of the chamber that nervous feeling of expectancy which always arises when the issue of a contest is problematical.
"The Shadow of the Czar" by John R. Carling
But the outcome of all this is, at the moment, problematical.
"A Philadelphia Lawyer in the London Courts" by Thomas Leaming
Its upper source is problematical, but is probably in the Alaskan Mountains near the head of the Tenana and Forty-mile Creek.
"Golden Alaska" by Ernest Ingersoll

In poetry:

So turn him over on his toes again;
Four pin-point toes, and a problematical thumb-piece,
Four rowing limbs, and one wedge-balancing head,
Four and one makes five, which is the clue to all mathematics.
"Tortoise Shell" by D H Lawrence
A rainy day in camp! and you wonder how the C. P.
And the G. T. competition will affect the Golden West--
But these problematic matters only tend to make you sleepy,
And again beneath the blankets, like a babe you sink to rest.
"A Rainy Day In Camp" by William Henry Drummond

In news:

Founders Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens realized in 2008 that cycling to work was problematic.
Cons Front, top panel designs problematic.
You determine there is no point in trying to overcome the problematic issue in your life because you will probably fail again.
Just as you would want to patch over a hole in your pants, you might find holes in your software that could be just as problematic and leave you with serious cyber security vulnerabilities.
Despite its ubiquity, software's patentability has been problematic.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, dedicated to protecting the separation of church and state, was not aware that the banner went back up Saturday morning, but "it remains problematic,".
Problematic patterns puncture Dallas' rally.
The year 1863 was a problematic time for the United States.
Investments that stimulated fast economic growth may be problematic later.
The suitability issue you never hear about: why leaving the old annuity may be far more problematic than buying a new one.
If your friend makes more (or less) money, the dinner check can be problematic.
Even Republicans favorable to the deal say the defense cuts are the most problematic part of it, but they argue that they probably won't ever be triggered.
HERC building renovation could be problematic, architect's report says.
Tile over vinyl problematic .
Access to health care will become problematic, and not only because the population is aging and demand is rising.

In science:

If the cardinal of E1 is too large (or if players have computational limits) such a computation may be problematic.
A class of non homogeneous self interacting random processes with applications to learning in games and vertex-reinforced random walks
In the following sections we will discuss the problematic of SPAM over Internet Telephony.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
In the case of the Schwarzschild interior, without the reference of matter content, it is not clear whether the µo -scheme is problematic in regard to semiclassicality.
Phenomenological loop quantum geometry of the Schwarzschild black hole
However, the question of definition of the community is problematic, and usually community is assigned to the nodes which are connected densely among themselves, and are only sparsely connected with other nodes outside the community.
Spectral analysis of deformed random networks
Kinematic ages based on physical size and expansion velocity are problematic since they depend strongly on the method used (see Sch ¨onberner et al. 2005a).
The evolution of planetary nebulae. V. The diffuse X-ray emission
Consequently, the detector can be driven at very high frequency (> 1GHz) before afterpulsing becomes problematic.
A High Speed, Post-Processing Free, Quantum Random Number Generator
In the matter-radiation sector, where Wr is non vanishing, other critical points, in general, exist, but their analytical determination, in realistic cases, is problematic, since one has to know explicitly b in order to close the system, and numerical analysis, in general, is necessary.
Stability in Generalized Modified Gravity
The modern solution is to use a system of axioms which allows us to construct enough sets to do mathematics, but not to construct problematic sets such as V .
Set theory for category theory
On the surface, these restrictions appear quite problematic; the completeness and cocompleteness of Set is certainly of central importance in category theory.
Set theory for category theory
The selection of these data is problematic because, as indicated in §4.1 above, it can be affected in unknown ways when the spectral index of the Compton component is large.
A Simple Comptonization Model
Using simpl can be problematic when Γ is large, especially if the power-law component is faint or the detector response extends only to ∼ 10 keV (e.g., Chandra, XMM or ASCA).
A Simple Comptonization Model
We acknowledge the input of Graham Cormode who showed that Faithfulness in general probabilistic relations is problematic.
Semantics and Evaluation of Top-k Queries in Probabilistic Databases
The isotopes produced by cosmic activation are particularly problematic.
The Majorana Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay Experiment
Td and Tw are the most problematic quantities, being highly dependent on structure (real or noise) present in the transiting light curve.
Transit Timing Observations of the Extrasolar Hot-Neptune Planet GL 436b
Each of these assumptions (rapid spin at birth, steady slowdown, n = 3) is known to be problematic in specific cases (e.g., Gaensler & Frail 2000; Kramer et al. 2003).
Precision Astrometry with the Very Long Baseline Array: Parallaxes and Proper Motions for 14 Pulsars