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’
    • ‘They will help, but it is questionable whether they will turn the tide.’
    • ‘It is questionable whether cardiovascular end points are adequately ascertained in those studies.’
    • ‘How many of those would exercise their new right is questionable.’
    • ‘In addition, it is questionable whether retention of water is significant for pollen that is shed in the dry state.’
    • ‘It is now questionable whether the committee will continue its investigation at all.’
    • ‘As matters stand, friendly international matches are of questionable value in this sense.’
    • ‘He's made points that are highly questionable instead of homing in on the real issue.’
    • ‘Therefore, it is questionable whether functional proteins are expressed from this region.’
    • ‘It is questionable whether those benefits will transfer to the west and north west of the Republic.’
    • ‘The assumption that Social Darwinism delivers more social freedom is questionable.’
    • ‘It is very questionable whether either the farmer or consumer has got true value for this investment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is also highly questionable whether strict liability leads to a higher standard of care.’
    • ‘If he had stayed on in South Africa, it is questionable whether he would have had the opportunities to develop.’
    • ‘It is questionable whether the venue of a European Cup final is central to the occasion or incidental.’
    • ‘It's questionable whether mutual reception would really bring much advantage in this situation.’
    • ‘But at times it was questionable whether he was doing more harm than good to the innings.’
    • ‘When non-random methods of sampling are employed, external validity becomes questionable.’
    • ‘Police say it is questionable whether Leeds has a bigger problem than other cities.’
    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’
      • ‘It would be remarkable if there were no questionable deals in his past.’
      • ‘He eventually put his questionable formative training to good use.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The problem area is depiction of questionable behaviour and acts by artists.’
      • ‘Is this a morally questionable thing to do or are some lies necessary for the sake of social cohesion?’
      • ‘The clubs have a history of questionable medical tactics in dealing with each other.’
      • ‘Itself a capricious act, it was only one of several questionable departures.’
      • ‘If his personal sincerity was questionable, then maybe Lincoln's achievements were suspect too.’
      • ‘But one or two questionable editorial decisions overshadowed good work elsewhere in the paper.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Michael James was a president of questionable character, but a wow as a personality.’
      • ‘Not only was her action a breach of her visa but was highly unethical and morally questionable.’
      • ‘This scandal over a questionable memo has been a prime example of the process in action.’
      • ‘Some of the lead character's decisions are questionable and he's certainly no hero.’
      • ‘Justice Kennedy fretted that building a business on this was morally questionable, which is also true.’
      • ‘I do remember that my sister and I were involved in somewhat questionable activities.’
      • ‘It is a view which may be inconsistent, it may be morally questionable and even plain wrong.’
      • ‘They also had to be willing to engage in a morally suspect and legally questionable act.’
      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/