Definition of questionable in English:



  • 1Doubtful as regards truth or quality.

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