how to pronounce problematic


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problematic is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of problematic in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… in my view the most problematic aspect …”

meanings of problematic


  1. Difficult to overcome, solve, or decide.
  2. Not settled, uncertain, of uncertain outcome; debatable, questionable, open to doubt.
  3. Contributing (sometimes especially if implicitly or subtly) to systemic discrimination (such as racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia).
  4. Only affirming the possibility that a predicate be actualised.
  5. Posing a problem; having or suffering from problem(s):.


  1. A problem or difficulty in a particular field of study.

problematic frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word problematic occurs in english on average 6.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics problematic can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that problematic can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

3) people, society, and culture;

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