Definition of questionable in English:

questionable

adjective

  • 1Doubtful as regards truth or validity.

    with clause ‘it is questionable whether any of these exceptions is genuine’
    • ‘He's made points that are highly questionable instead of homing in on the real issue.’
    • ‘If he had stayed on in South Africa, it is questionable whether he would have had the opportunities to develop.’
    • ‘Police say it is questionable whether Leeds has a bigger problem than other cities.’
    • ‘It is also highly questionable whether strict liability leads to a higher standard of care.’
    • ‘It is questionable whether cardiovascular end points are adequately ascertained in those studies.’
    • ‘They will help, but it is questionable whether they will turn the tide.’
    • ‘It is questionable whether the venue of a European Cup final is central to the occasion or incidental.’
    • ‘When non-random methods of sampling are employed, external validity becomes questionable.’
    • ‘As matters stand, friendly international matches are of questionable value in this sense.’
    • ‘The assumption that Social Darwinism delivers more social freedom is questionable.’
    • ‘It's questionable whether mutual reception would really bring much advantage in this situation.’
    • ‘It is questionable whether those benefits will transfer to the west and north west of the Republic.’
    • ‘But at times it was questionable whether he was doing more harm than good to the innings.’
    • ‘It is very questionable whether either the farmer or consumer has got true value for this investment.’
    • ‘In addition, it is questionable whether retention of water is significant for pollen that is shed in the dry state.’
    • ‘The legitimacy of these assumptions is questionable to say the very least.’
    • ‘Make of these judgements what you will but their validity is somewhat questionable given such a broad spectrum of views.’
    • ‘How many of those would exercise their new right is questionable.’
    • ‘It is now questionable whether the committee will continue its investigation at all.’
    • ‘Therefore, it is questionable whether functional proteins are expressed from this region.’
    controversial, contentious, open to question, open to doubt, in doubt, doubtful, dubious, uncertain, unsure, debatable, in dispute, in question, arguable, problematic, problematical
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    1. 1.1 Likely to be dishonourable or morally suspect.
      ‘his questionable financial deals’
      • ‘I do remember that my sister and I were involved in somewhat questionable activities.’
      • ‘They also had to be willing to engage in a morally suspect and legally questionable act.’
      • ‘Justice Kennedy fretted that building a business on this was morally questionable, which is also true.’
      • ‘The clubs have a history of questionable medical tactics in dealing with each other.’
      • ‘Is this a morally questionable thing to do or are some lies necessary for the sake of social cohesion?’
      • ‘It is a view which may be inconsistent, it may be morally questionable and even plain wrong.’
      • ‘Some of the lead character's decisions are questionable and he's certainly no hero.’
      • ‘Lowry's record is questionable when it comes to statements concerning his finances.’
      • ‘Thus the claims of Paul and subsequent tsars to a divine right to rule were based on a very questionable past.’
      • ‘The problem area is depiction of questionable behaviour and acts by artists.’
      • ‘Michael James was a president of questionable character, but a wow as a personality.’
      • ‘Itself a capricious act, it was only one of several questionable departures.’
      • ‘This scandal over a questionable memo has been a prime example of the process in action.’
      • ‘But one or two questionable editorial decisions overshadowed good work elsewhere in the paper.’
      • ‘It lost three seats by the narrowest of margins and under questionable circumstances.’
      • ‘That is not to imply for a second that he has done anything questionable.’
      • ‘He eventually put his questionable formative training to good use.’
      • ‘Not only was her action a breach of her visa but was highly unethical and morally questionable.’
      • ‘It would be remarkable if there were no questionable deals in his past.’
      • ‘If his personal sincerity was questionable, then maybe Lincoln's achievements were suspect too.’
      suspicious, suspect, under suspicion, irregular, dubious, doubtful, odd, queer, strange, not quite right, mysterious, murky, dark, shifty, unsavoury, disreputable, potentially dishonest, potentially illegal
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Pronunciation

questionable

/ˈkwɛstʃ(ə)nəb(ə)l/